Cyclone Gulab has made landfall in coastal regions of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, the weather office tweeted this evening. The cyclone will cross the coasts between Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Gopalpur in Odisha in the next three hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The coastal districts in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha have been put on red alert.
"The cloud bands have touched coastal regions and thus the landfall process has commenced over north coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjoining south coastal Odisha. System will cross coasts between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur, about 25 km to north of Kalingapatnam, during the next three hours," the IMD tweeted.
At least 42 teams of the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force and 24 squads of the National Disaster Response Force, along with over 100 teams of firefighters have been dispatched to these places. "The Chief Minister has asked people to remain indoors, particularly in pucca houses from Sunday evening till 10 am on Monday, during which the cyclone will pass through the region," Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena told reporters.
Cyclone 'Gulab', named by Pakistan, is the second to hit Odisha in four months after Cyclone Yaas wreaked havoc in May.
Here are the Live updates on Cyclone Gulab:
#CycloneGulab | Five fishermen from Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam fell in the sea after strong waves hit their boat off Mandasa coast while returning from the sea this evening. Police & other officials are trying to rescue them: Govindarao, Sub Inspector, Vajrapukotturu PS- ANI (@ANI) September 26, 2021
Odisha: Two NDRF teams have been deployed in Gumma & Gosani blocks in Gajapati district in view of Cyclone Gulab- ANI (@ANI) September 26, 2021
"We have all the equipment needed in situations like Cyclone & flood & will tackle the situation accordingly," Vishwanath Chaudhari, NDRF Team Commander in Gosani pic.twitter.com/qvbOdugVIT
#WATCH | High winds experienced in Kalingapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, as 'Cyclone Gulab' makes landfall in coastal regions of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh- ANI (@ANI) September 26, 2021
16,000 villagers have been evacuated from Odisha's Ganjam district due to the cyclone, says PK Jena, SRC, Odisha. pic.twitter.com/salxdkZ4nN
THE CLOUD BANDS ARE ENTERING THE COASTAL REGIONS AND THUS THE LANDFALL PROCESS, WHICH COMMENCED AT AROUND 1800 HRS IST, CONTINUES AND WILL CONTINUE FOR NEXT 2-3 HOURS OVER NORTH COASTAL ANDHRA PRADESH AND ADJOINING SOUTH COASTAL ODISHA.- India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) September 26, 2021
Andhra Pradesh: Heavy rainfall, strong winds hit Srikakulam as cyclone Gulab makes landfall; visuals from a relief centre in Kalingapatnam area- ANI (@ANI) September 26, 2021
"District administration has opened around 61 relief centers & shifted 1100 people to these centres," said Joint Collector Sumit Kumar pic.twitter.com/DwBk1vlyBn
#WATCH | Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh witnessed strong winds and heavy rainfall due to Cyclone Gulab (Earlier visuals)- ANI (@ANI) September 26, 2021
As per IMD, the landfall process has commenced in coastal regions of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha pic.twitter.com/RKSLzv5cGs
the cloud bands have touched coastal regions and thus the landfall process has commenced over north coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjoining south coastal Odisha. System will cross coasts between Kalingapatnam & Gopalpur, about 25 km to north of Kalingapatnam during next 3 hours.- India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) September 26, 2021
#CycloneGulab Update 26/9/21- ѕαtчα prαdhαnसत्य नारायण प्रधान ସତ୍ଯପ୍ରଧାନ-DG NDRF (@satyaprad1) September 26, 2021
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Andhra Pradesh: NDRF conducts a mock drill of rescue & relief operation at Bandaruvanipeta village in Kalingapatnam in view of Cyclone Gulab- ANI (@ANI) September 26, 2021
"Those with physical disabilities, old, & children have already been sent to shelter homes," says NDRF Team Commander Sushant Kumar Behera pic.twitter.com/2QAzXPG778
#CycloneGulab Indian Coast Guard ships are advising Fishing boats at sea to return to harbour.Indian Coast Guard Stations in Odisha & West Bengal on high alert.Coast Guard Disaster Response Teams with response gears and equipment standby. @SpokespersonMoD@IndiaCoastGuardpic.twitter.com/MT3GCWDHKC- PRO Defence Kolkata (@ProDefKolkata) September 26, 2021
Reviewing the #CycloneGulab situation, CM @Naveen_Odisha has stressed upon ensuring safety of the people. CM instructed officials to ensure timely evacuation of people living in vulnerable areas & urged citizens to co-operate with the administration & follow Covid rules. #Odishapic.twitter.com/bPWAoyOxk3- CMO Odisha (@CMO_Odisha) September 26, 2021
Cyclonic Storm Gulab is likely to make landfall in the coastal areas of south Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh. Here are a few helpline numbers for cyclone-related information.
In anticipation of Cyclonic Storm and Heavy Rainfall Berhampur Police is alert and prepared. Our officers and staff are engaged in awareness among the villagers along the coast lines and other vulnerable areas. We request you all to stay indoors and in safe places.- SP BERHAMPUR (@SP_BERHAMPUR) September 26, 2021
Over the next three days, the sea condition will be rough to very rough and fishermen in Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh have been asked to not venture into east-central and adjoining northeast Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea, reported news agency PTI.
As many as 42 teams of the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and 24 squads of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), along with about 102 teams of fire brigade personnel, have been dispatched to the seven districts - Gajapati, Ganjam, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur and Kandhamal, Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena said.
#CycloneGulab is moving in favourable conditions. #VWS is moderate SST #Sea surface temperature is 28-29 degree. #Landfall may commence near #Srikakulam by 8 pm and may complete by midnight. Winds 70-80 gusting 90-100 Kmph with heavy #rain@SkymetWeather@JATINSKYMET- Mahesh Palawat (@Mpalawat) September 26, 2021
Cyclone 'Gulab' will be the second cyclonic storm to hit Odisha after 'Yaas', which made landfall barely four months ago. The intensity of cyclone 'Gulab' is likely to be similar to that of 'Titli' which swept through the state in 2018.
Odisha has initiated evacuation drives in seven identified districts in the southern parts of the state. The maximum focus is on Ganjam and Gajapati districts, which are likely to be severely affected by the cyclonic storm.
Some train services on the eastern coast have been cancelled while others have either been diverted or rescheduled as a precautionary measure
Thirteen teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Odisha and five in Andhra Pradesh, Director General of the relief force Satya Narayan Pradhan was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.