Gulab Cyclone whips Odisha and Andhra Pradesh: Fishermen gone missing, search continues

Publish Date: 27 Sep, 2021 |

Cyclone Gulab striked at Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on Sunday. The weather department informed that the cyclone has weakened in north Andhra Pradesh and will keep moving towards west and north-west and it’s intensity will decline within 6 hours to develop into depression. According to IMD, the sea is not in good condition due to the terror caused by the cyclone and has advised the fishermen to not enter the sea until next information.

The weather department has issued an alert and the teams of NDRF and SDRF have been deployed in coastal areas and the district administrations have been asked to stay attentive.

Fishermen gone missing and rescue operations continue.

Over 39,000 people have been rescued from around 6 districts of Odisha, till Sunday night. However in the Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh,some fishermen, got overpowered by the sea as their boat lost control against heavy waves. District administration is trying hard to find them and other people who are reportedly missing. The state government is constantly requesting people to maintain distance from coasts. Two teams of NDRF have been appointed at Gumma and Gosani block in Gajapati district of Odisha.

Affect of Cyclone on other states

  • West Bengal: The cyclone in Bay of Bengal might cause heavy rainfall in West Bengal and other states.During last 24 hours, many districts in West Bengal have faced heavy rainfall and some might face in future.
  • Jharkhand: Ranchi’s metrological department has issued alert as districts in central and southern Jharkhand might face heavy rainfall.
  • Rajasthan: After the weakening of this cyclone, monsoon activities in Rajasthan might get active again from September 29,2021. After few days, several districts in Eastern Rajasthan will face rainfalls.

Affect on Railways

South Eastern Railway has suspended several trains and changed many routes due to the Gulab Cyclone. Alert has been issued at Railway stations near Odisha and Bengal.

Prime Minister’s reaction to the cyclone.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a word with Odisha’s CM Naveen Patnaik and has assured all sort of help to deal with the disastrous cyclone. He also talked to Andhra Pradesh’s Chief Minister, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and took stock of the situation. 

"Assured all possible support from the Centre. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being," wrote the PM.

CM Naveen Patnaik asked the district officers of all the 11 districts to keep the schools shut, keeping in mind the safety of children from the cyclone. The coastal areas of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh are facing heavy rainfall which has disturbed the normal life of the residents. According to the weather department, before the cyclone, the wind flew at the speed of 75-85 km/hr and coastal areas faced heavy rainfall, due to which it had already issued red-alert.


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