After making landfall over north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south coastal Odisha, the cyclonic storm ‘Gulab’ weakened into a deep depression around 2:30 am on 27 September, over north Andhra Pradesh, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) informed on Monday morning.
The IMD added around 4:25 am that Cyclone Gulab was likely to continue to move west-north-westwards and weaken further into a depression during next 6 hours, news agency ANI reported.
HR Biswas, Director Meteorological Department, Bhubaneswar, was earlier quoted as saying, "There is a possibility of extremely heavy rainfall in the districts of Koraput, Rayagada and Gajapati and the wind speed will remain 50 to 70 kmph."
At least three people were killed in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on Sunday. As per officials, one person was swept away in Odisha’s Ganjam district and two fishermen from the Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh were killed and another went missing, Hindustan Times reported.
Odisha’s special relief commissioner, PK Jena, had said on Sunday, “IMD reports indicate that rainfall is likely to increase as the night progresses. District administration impressed upon to maintain vigil. No major landslides have happened so far. As of 9 pm, about 39,000 people have been evacuated in 6 districts”, reported ANI.
(With inputs from ANI and Hindustan Times)
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