The Meteorological Department has issued a cyclone warning for the coastal districts in Andhra Pradesh and advised the fishermen against venturing into the sea for the next 24 hours. The department forecasted that heavy rains are likely to occur in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur districts.
The department said that a low-pressure belt was formed in the Bay of Bengal which has now turned into a depression, causing heavy rains in the coastal regions.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that strong surface winds from westerly direction speed are reaching 45-50 kmph gusting up to 55 kmph likely along and off coastal Andhra Pradesh.
It further said that the state of the sea would be ‘rough’ to ‘very rough’ along and off coastal Andhra Pradesh and warned the fishermen not to venture into the sea.
On Saturday, Nadigama in Krishna district received the highest rainfall in the state at 7 cm, followed by Vijayawada and Prakasam barrage at 6 cm. Tanuku in West Godavari, Amalapuram in East Godavari, Avanigada in Krishna district, Jangamaheswarapuram in Guntur and Kurnool received the lowest rainfall at 1 cm.
According to a TNIE report, heavy inflows are expected to reach Prakasam Barrage due to heavy rains near Krishna river catchment areas. The water resources department told TNIE that they expect 45,000 cusecs of water from Wyra and other rivers from Telangana.
On Sunday, the officials opened 10 crest gates of the barrage to let out over 11,000 cusecs of water, the report says. The officials also alerted the villagers surrounding Tammileru reservoir in Chatrai mandal to remain vigilant as there is a heavy inflow of water into the reservoir.
The IMD also forecasted heavy rainfall in the neighbouring state of Telangana for the next 24 hours. The department predicted heavy rains in Adilabad, Mancherial, Jagitial, Rajanna Sircilla, Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam, Nirmal and other adjoining districts.
The department said that the southwest monsoon is active over Telangana which would result in rains at isolated places.
Mahabubad district recorded the highest rainfall on 15 cm in the state on Saturday followed by Garla and Bayyaram at 13 and 12 cm respectively.