People in north coastal Andhra Pradesh heaved a sigh of relief on Saturday, December 4 as the cyclonic storm 'Jawad' over west-central Bay of Bengal weakened into deep depression and headed towards Odisha coast after changing its course. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the deep depression lay at 17:30 hours about 180 km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam.
It is likely to move north-northeast wards and weaken further into a depression by Sunday morning. It is likely to reach the Odisha coast near Puri around Sunday noon. Subsequently, it is likely to continue to move north-northeastwards along the Odisha coast towards the West Bengal coast and weaken into a well-marked low pressure area during the subsequent 24 hours, the IMD said.
The Met department forecast light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over coastal Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh.
Earlier, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had held a video conference with the district collectors of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, and East and West Godavari districts to discuss the precautionary measures to be taken. He had directed the officials to be cautious to ensure that there is no loss of human lives and to keep Rs 10 crore available for each district for relief measures and other works.
Several relief centres have been opened to lodge people from vulnerable areas, the Andhra Pradesh government said.
Meanwhile, the South Central Railway (SCR) has announced cancellation of a few trains in view of the cyclonic storm. The trains include Guwahati-Secunderabad, Kamakhya-Yesvantpur, Mumbai CST-Bhubaneswar, Rameswaram-Bhubaneswar, Kacheguda-Vasco da Gama and Okha-Puri.
However, a teenager was killed as heavy rain, under the influence of the cyclonic storm, lashed Srikakulam district on Saturday despite the north coastal Andhra Pradesh breathing easy as the tempest weakened. In Vajrapukothuru mandal, heavy winds uprooted a coconut tree that fell on a teenager Gorakala Indu (16), killing him instantly.
The sky was overcast on Saturday in most places in Andhra Pradesh with some receiving rain.