Andhra to witness heavy rain, IMD issues 2-day alert

Fishermen in the state have been asked not to venture into the sea, as authorities expect rough seas and strong winds.
Andhra to witness heavy rain, IMD issues 2-day alert
Andhra to witness heavy rain, IMD issues 2-day alert
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Heavy rain is expected over isolated parts of Andhra Pradesh, with the south-west monsoon continuing to remain active over Rayalaseema and parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh.

The Indian Meteorological Department on Thursday issued a two-day alert and said that heavy rain is very likely to occur in the districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and East Godavari along the northern coast, besides isolated places in Anantapur, Chittoor, Kadapa and Kurnool in Rayalaseema. 

The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) also issued a warning, asking fishermen in Andhra not to venture into the sea.

Stating that high tides could be witnessed at Kakinada and Visakhapatnam, INCOIS said, "Under strong Monsoon conditions, strong surface winds from westerly direction speed reaching forty five to fifty kmph likely along off coastal Andhra Pradesh."

The Cyclone Warning Centre in Visakhapatnam also issued a similar alert and said that the state of the sea would be rough to very rough.

Last week, the state witnessed heavy floods in the Krishna basin which affected about 90 villages and inundated several habitations in Krishna and Guntur districts.

Over 8,000 people were moved to 56 relief camps as water entered the villages on the banks of the swollen river following heavy discharge of flood water from the upstream reservoirs of Krishna basin.

Some habitations in and around Vijayawada and the capital city region of Amaravati were also inundated. Transportation between Vijayawada and Amaravati came to a halt as the Prakasam barrage, which connects them, was closed for traffic following rise in the water level.

According to a preliminary report, crops in over 5,511 hectares and horticulture crops in over 2,052 hectares were affected by the floods.


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