Cyclone Gulab in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha News Highlights: Cyclone Gulab made landfall on Sunday in Andhra Pradesh. The weather department had issued an orange alert in north Andhra Pradesh as well as south Odisha coasts. The alert was sounded after the department noticed that the deep depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified on Saturday. Amid this, so far, West Bengal is not likely to be impacted due to cyclone ‘Gulab’. With the landfall of the cyclone, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha experienced heavy rainfall that is expected to continue on Monday as well. IMD has predicted that Cyclone Gulab will reduce in intensity by Monday evening, going from Deep Depression to Depression.
After the IMD sounded the warning, both Andhra Pradesh and Odisha began preparations for relief and rescue operations, with National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), and SDRF teams being deployed along with other emergency services at areas that have been imapcted due to the cyclone. Ahead of the cyclone, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) also took stock of the preparedness in the areas to deal with the cyclonic storm. However, two fishermen in Andhra Pradesh have died and one is still missing after strong waves caused five out of six fishermen in a boat in the sea to fall into the water. While three of them reached the shore and informed about other two having died, the one fisherman remaining on the boat is missing.