Bhubaneswar, December 18: As Cyclone Phethai makes a landfall entry in Andhra Pradesh coast, the Indian Meteorological Department has forecasted heavy rainfall in the region. Implying safety measures for people in Odisha, the Odisha government has evacuated more than 11,000 people to safety zones.
The cyclone made landfall near Katrenikona in East Godavari district in the afternoon on Monday, packing windspeed that gusted upto 85-90 kmph, uprooting electric poles and trees in Katrenikona, Tallarevu and Malkipuram in the district.
With no casualties reported, the power supply however was severely hit in several parts of the district. The state of Odisha was adversely affected because of Cyclone Titli in the month of October and so the relief team had evacuated about 11,600 people in Gajapati district as their houses are yet to be repaired. People from seven vulnerable blocks in Gajapati district have been taken to safe places.
The official of the relief team said relief camps have been opened and evacuated people are being provided food and other essentials. They have shifted the people because there is danger in staying in half-constructed houses during the calamity. Though the cyclone system has weakened, many districts in the southern region of the state have been experiencing heavy rainfall under its impact.
As per the latest information from IMD, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely in Malkangiri, Koraput, Gajapati and Rayagada districts. Besides, isolated places in Gajapati, Ganjam, Rayagada and Kalahandi districts may also experience heavy rainfall, the IMD said. Many places in Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Nuapada, Bargarh, Bolangir, Jharsuguda and Sambalpur districts are expected to receive rain, it added.
Meanwhile, farmers in Odisha have been advised to take necessary measures to protect their crops in view of the rain forecast.