Cyclone Gulab: Rain lashes parts of Odisha ahead of cyclone Gulab’s landfall

The Odisha government on September 25 sounded the warning for the cyclonic storm christened ‘Gulab’, which is expected to across the coast between its southern districts and north Andhra Pradesh at wind of 75-85 kmph on September 26 midnight.

Director General of India Meteorological Department (IMD) Mrutyunjay Mohapatra informed the National Crisis Management Department (NCMC) meeting chaired by Vizianagaram and Vishakhapatnam districts in Andhra Pradesh, and Ganjam and Gajapati districts in Odisha.

Commissioner, Disaster Management, K.Kanna Babu has directed the officials of various departments to be prepared for any emergency in view of cyclone, likely to make a landfall between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur, around midnight.

In a review meeting with the District Collector, Joint Collector, Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) Commissioner and district-level officials, he directed the officials and employees of A.P.EPDCL, GVMC, Fisheries, Revenue, Fire Service, Police and R & B Department to be ready with the equipment to undertake emergency relief operations on the need.

Fisherman should be prevented from going out to sea and those already at sea should be asked to return to the shore immediately.

An NDRF team with 22 members was ready with the required equipment at Gajuwaka and one SDRF team with 25 members and necessary equipment is ready at the RDOs Office in Visakhapatnam.