The Odisha government has evacuated more than 11,000 people to safety zones after the announcement about Cyclone Phethai making landfall in Andhra Pradesh coast and the IMD forecasting heavy rainfall in the region.
Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu conducted a review meeting on Pethai Cyclone at Real Time Governance centre at Secretariat today.
He said officials should be able to gauge the probable damage basing on wind velocity in advance to take up relief measures immediately.
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.
No casualties were reported, though power supply was severely hit in several parts of the district.
"We have evacuated about 11,600 people in Gajapati district as their houses are yet to be repaired after Cyclone Titili in October this year," a senior official at the Special Relief Commissinor's (SRC) office said.
People from seven vulnerable blocks in Gajapati district have been taken to safe places.
The official said relief camps have been opened and evacuated people are being provided food and other essentials.
"We shifted the people because there is danger in staying in half-constructed houses during the calamity," the official said.
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.
According to the media reports, crops in 14000 hectares were damaged and 300 sheep died. Highest rainfall of 160 mm was recorded in Tallarevu.
379 electrical poles were damaged and 146 were restored so far. 26000 metric tonnes of agricultural production was damaged.
Meanwhile, farmers in Odisha have been advised to take necessary measures to protect their crops in view of the rain forecast.
(With PTI Inputs)