Cyclone Gulab is expected to make landfall today, with the IMD issuing a "orange" alert in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha

Cyclone Gulab

Cyclone Gulab

Cyclone Gulab can hit the coastal state of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh today.  According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), this cyclonic storm is likely to reach between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday evening.  The Meteorological Department said that the deep pressure over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a cyclonic storm 'Gulaab' on Saturday, due to which an 'Orange' alert has been issued for North Andhra Pradesh and adjoining South Odisha coasts.

 At the same time, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy also held a review meeting to review the preparedness keeping in mind the cyclone alert and the report of the Meteorological Department.  He has directed the officials to take all necessary steps.  The CMO said that we are preparing for the cyclone.  Control rooms have been set up.  Disaster management staff have been deployed in Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam districts.

The CMO said that he has spoken to the officials.  Keeping in view the prevailing situation, the District Collector is taking steps to set up relief camps.  The Chief Minister has directed the officials to remain alert and take necessary steps as there is a possibility of heavy rains after the cyclonic storm crosses the state's coast.Although West Bengal has heaved a sigh of relief for now, meteorologists said that the impact of this storm is expected to subside in the region, but due to the low-pressure cyclone near the Myanmar coast, there is a possibility of it next week.  There will be heavy rains in the southern districts of the state.

Where is Cyclone Gulab right now?

 According to the IMD, the name given by Pakistan, Cyclone 'Gulaab' was presently centered about 370 km southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha and 440 km east of Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.  It is moving westwards with a speed of 7 kmph in the last six hours. IMD Director General Mrityunjay Mohapatra said, the system is very likely to move almost westwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh-South Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur today.At the same time,

Mohapatra said that due to the storm, the speed of the wind will also be fast.  It is being estimated that during this time the wind speed can range from 75 kmph to 95 kmph.  He said that there may also be heavy rains, due to which there is a possibility of water logging in many low-lying districts. There is a possibility of flash floods in the hilly areas of the southern region of Odisha. 

Urban areas in Ganjam and Puri may get waterlogged due to heavy rains.Relief teams deployed in seven districtsSpecial Relief Commissioner (NRC) PK Jena said that 42 teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and 24 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) along with around 102 firefighters were in the state in view of the possibility of cyclone.  Teams have been sent to seven districts.  The names of these districts are Gajapati, Ganjam, Raigad, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur and Kandhamal.

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