Bangalore-based man killed
Two persons, including a Bangalore-based man, were killed in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu and three deaths were reported from Andhra Pradesh after copious rain, brought by cyclonic storm 'Jal', disrupted normal life in the coastal areas on Sunday, inundating low-lying areas.
A 50-year-old man died in Tamil Nadu on Sunday when a branch fell on him due to strong winds, the police said. At Kanyakumari in Nagercoil district, a 38-year-old man, who went for sightseeing near the beach, slipped from a rock and was washed away by the high waves. The victim’s body was later recovered, they said, adding he was from Bangalore.
Nine fishermen have been caught in the sea between East and West Godavari districts and efforts were on to rescue them. In all, 40 people died in rains during the last one week in Andhra Pradesh.
Over 10,000 families living in low lying areas in Chennai have been accommodated in community halls and schools. Corporation authorities have set up four massive kitchens to prepare food for these families, officials said.
A weather bulletin said the cyclone moved westwards and lay centred at 2.30 pm over southwest Bay of Bengal, about 150 km east-southeast of Chennai and 280 km south-southeast of Nellore.
Jal would move west-northwestwards, slightly weaken further and cross north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts between Chennai and Nellore as a cyclonic storm on Sunday night, it said.
Rain or thundershower would occur at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall (25 cm) over north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
Isolated heavy to very heavy falls would occur over Rayalaseema and South Coastal Andhra Pradesh in the same period, it said. Gales reaching 90 kmph would prevail along and off North Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts. Sea conditions will be rough.
Chennai had been experiencing intermittent rains since Saturday night. It recorded a rainfall of three centimetres till 2.30 pm on Sunday, the weather office said. Schools and colleges would remain closed on Monday in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts.
If the cyclone hits the Chennai coast, it would be the first one to do so in 14 years. The last such incident was recorded in 1996. Andhra Pradesh Revenue Minister D Prasada Rao on Sunday said the “very severe cyclone” has lost its strength and is now being termed as a “severe cyclone”.
The Andhra Pradesh government has conveyed this information to the district administrations in the affected districts and told them to take all appropriate measures.