AP on cyclone alert

AP on cyclone alert
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AP on cyclone alert. The official machinery in the State has been put on high alert in the wake of possibility of a very severe cyclone named as Phailin hitting the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha over the next 72 hours.

A very severe cyclone Phailin may hit AP, Odisha in next 72 hrs.

First warning signal in Nizampatnam, Kalingapatnam, Machilipatnam and Visakhapatnam

CM holds high-level review with ministers, officials

Urges APNGOs to end agitation to help in rescue and relief

The striking staff assure cooperation, without calling off stir

The official machinery in the State has been put on high alert in the wake of possibility of a very severe cyclone named as Phailin hitting the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha over the next 72 hours.

According to Meteorological department, winds with an intensity of 185-200 km speed are likely to lash the State. The city of Hyderabad witnessed heavy rains on Wednesday under its influence. Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday asked all the departments to maintain high vigil. He held a review meeting with Ministers and top officials of various departments concerned on the threat of cyclone and the preparedness in this regard. Special officers have been appointed in all the districts which are likely to bear the brunt of the cyclone to oversee the relief and rescue operations.

A round-the-clock Control Room has been opened at the Revenue Department in the Secretariat with telephone numbers: 040-23456005/23451034, and fax No: 040-23451819. District Collectors of all the nine Coastal Districts are already alerted regarding the IMD's Pre-cyclone watch bulletin. They have been instructed to open control rooms in all vulnerable areas and to remain alert. All line departments such as Fire & Emergency services, Police, Irrigation, Transport, Electricity, R&B, RWS, MA & UD, Fisheries Departments have been alerted to keep their teams in state of absolute preparedness in case of emergencies.

Fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea. The Chief Minister asked the officials to mobilise vehicles and rescue teams including NDRF teams if necessary and also asked the Civil Supplies Department to stock all essential commodities of one month's requirement.

Power sector officials have been asked to be prepared to meet any eventuality since there is likelihood of power being disrupted due to gales and winds etc. The Chief Minister asked the officials to ask the District Collectors concerned to evacuate people to safer areas whenever and wherever necessary.
The Commissioner, Disaster Management said that as per IMD Bulletin, the depression over North Andaman Sea moved northwestward with a speed of 13 kmph and intensified into a deep depression and lay centered at 0530 hrs IST on Wednesday in north Andaman Sea, 1100 km east-southeast of Paradip, and 1200 km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam. As the government employees in Coastal Andhra Pradesh are on strike, protesting against the Centre's decision to carve out separate Telangana, Kiran asked the employees of Revenue, Health, Disaster Management, Finance and other related departments to call off their agitation and gear up to meet the challenge of cyclone. The employees agreed to participate in the relief and rescue operations without calling off their strike.
In the evening, the Chief Secretary and the Revenue Minister N Raghuveera Reddy reviewed the situation.
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