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Cyclone Gulab likely to hit Andhra, Odisha by midnight, evacuation Ops on

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: As the cyclone ‘Gulab’ is likely to hit the coastal districts in north Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring Odisha with wind speeds of up to 95 kmph, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of landfall around midnight.

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The cyclonic storm, christened ‘Gulab’ by Pakistan, intensified from a deep depression over north Bay of Bengal on Saturday afternoon and is expected to make landfall by Sunday around Gopalpur (Odisha), Kalingapatanam in Andhra Pradesh and Gopalpur, the India Meteorological Department said.

Currently, cyclone ‘Gulab’ is about 180 km east-southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha and 240 km east of Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, the IMD said in its latest update on the cyclonic storm.

Thirteen teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Odisha and five in Andhra Pradesh, Satya Narayan Pradhan, Director General of the relief force, as per reports.

Train services on the east coast have been cancelled, diverted or rescheduled as a precautionary measure.

The Odisha government has initiated evacuation drives in seven identified districts in the southern parts of the state. The maximum focus is on Ganjam and Gajapati districts, which are likely to be severely affected by the cyclonic storm.

At least 15 rescue teams have been deployed in Ganjam alone, an official said.

Cyclone ‘Gulab’ will be the second cyclonic storm to hit Odisha after ‘Yaas’, which made landfall barely four months ago. The intensity of cyclone ‘Gulab’ is likely to be similar to ‘Titli’, the storm that lashed the state in 2018.

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