• Friday, January 21, 2022
India corona update 
Total Fatalities 425,195
Total Cases 31,726,507
Today's Fatalities 422
Today's Cases 30,549
India corona update 
Total Fatalities 425,195
Total Cases 31,726,507
Today's Fatalities 422
Today's Cases 30,549

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Andhra Pradesh, Odisha prepare for Cyclone Jawad

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By: Shubham Ghosh

INDIAN cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba on Friday (3) reviewed preparations that have been undertaken to deal with impending cyclone ‘Jawad’ in the Bay of Bengal region and asked all the agencies concerned to ensure that the damage is kept to the minimum.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that a low-pressure region in the Bay of Bengal is expected to intensify into the cyclone (named as per the suggestion of Saudi Arabia), which is likely to reach the northern coast of the state of Andhra Pradesh and eastern state of Odisha around Saturday (4) morning with the wind speed reaching to up 100 kilometres per hour.

The National Disaster Response has earmarked 64 teams to deal with the situation arising from the cyclonic storm.

Relentless rain lashed Andhra Pradesh’s Srikakulam district with the wind speed touching 50 kilometres per hour at some locations, district collector Shrikesh B Lathkar told CNBC TV18, adding that nearly 80 cyclone shelter operations have been carried out.

Emergency teams have been put on alert and deployed across the state, he informed.

The cyclone is likely to weaken gradually and move northwards on Saturday and then north-northeast wards along the coast of neighbouring Odisha reaching near the coastal town of Puri on Sunday (5) as a deep depression. It could move further north-northeast wards towards the coast of West Bengal, the IMD added.

The Odisha government decided to keep all schools — government and private — closed in 19 districts of the state on Saturday in view of the cyclone.

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