IMD issues cyclone alert for Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Goa

After the India Meteorological Department on Saturday forecasted the formation of a cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal, saying it is probably to make landfall between south Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coasts on Sunday evening, the BJD government put seven districts on high alert.

As many as 42 teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and 24 squads of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), along with fire brigade personnel, have been dispatched to the seven districts -- Gajapati, Ganjam, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Kandhamal. Odisha’s Ganjam is expected to get severely affected by the cyclonic storm, and 15 rescue teams have been deployed in that area.

The IMD has also alerted of heavy rainfall in Konkan and Goa for the next five days. A yellow alert has been issued for Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki and Pathanamthitta in Kerala and the state is likely to receive fresh bouts of heavy rainfall for the next few days. Fishermen have been advised not to venture out in the sea till September 28. Stay tuned for all the live weather updates.

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