With severe Cyclone KYANT set to hit India soon, authorities across the state and central levels have rushed to get their respective rescue systems ready to meet any emergency and even the armed forces have been deployed to ensure any disaster is quickly attended to and those affected rescued and rehabilitated to safer spots. Amongst them are ships being made ready with divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats, integral helicopters and relief material for over 5,000 personnel, the Indian Navy revealed. In fact, the Navy is on alert as Cyclone KYANT is on the brink of striking East coast.
Cyclone ‘Kyant’ over the Bay of Bengal is unlikely to make a landfall, but coastal regions of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Odisha may expect a wet Diwali, IMD said today.
“The cyclonic storm ‘KYANT’ over east-central Bay of Bengal moved further west-southwestwards and lay centred 450 km southeast of Gopalpur, 520 km east-southeast of Vishakhapatnam and 730 km east-northeast of Machilipatnam.
“The cyclone is most likely to move west-southwestwards towards westcentral Bay of Bengal during next 72 hours,” the Cyclone Warning Division of India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
M Mohapatra, head of the Cyclone Warning Division, said Kyant was unlikely to make landfall, which means it will not hit the coast.
A cyclone making a landfall usually wreaks havoc and causes damage to life and property.
The IMD, however, said coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Odisha will witness rainfall, especially during the Diwali weekend.
Kyant is expected to fade into deep depression on October 29.
“Squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is very likely to prevail along and off south Odisha on October 27 and along and off Andhra Pradesh coasts from October 27 to 30.
(With inputs from PTI)