Cyclonic storm 'Gulab' makes landfall


Bhubaneswar,  (UNI) The cyclonic storm 'Gulab' made a landfall between Kalingapatnum in Andhra Pradesh and Gopalpur in Odisha around 1800 hrs on Sunday.

Odisha Special Relief Commissioner P K Jena quoting Meteorological reports said the landfall process has already started and will continue for around three hours and would be completed at 2100hrs to 2130hrs.

He said the landfall process started earlier than the predicted time as the the cyclonic storm moved nearly westwards with a speed of 24 KMPH during the past six hours. Earlier, it was moving at a speed of 17 KMPH.

The system , he said, is likely to cross north Andhra Pradesh- South Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnum and Gopalpur about 25 KM to the north of Kalingapatnum as a cyclonic storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 75-85 KMPH gusting to 95 KMPH.

The cyclonic storm is expected to cross Odisha in the forenoon tomorrow.

Under its impact light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places in several districts of the state.

Seven districts — Gajapati, Ganjam, Rayagada,Kandhamal, Nawarangpur, Koraput and Malkangiri- are likely to experience heavy to very heavy rainfall but Gajapati and Ganjam are likely to be affected the most.

Mr Jena said the district collectors of these districts are asked to monitor the situation and keep a vigil on the flash flood and landslides likely to occur in these districts.

Under its impact , he said Gajapati district is witnessing light to moderate rain.

He said so far, 16,000 people, including 600 pregnant women, old citizens and Divyangs, have been evacuated from low-lying and those areas prone to landslide.