Bhubaneswar :The cyclonic storm Gulab that made landfall in Andhra Pradesh has not impacted much in Odisha. However, some blocks of southern Odisha have experienced heavy rain and medium range windfall.
The cyclone made landfall at a place in Andhra Pradesh, about 95 kilometres from Gopalpur in Odisha where a large number of people have been evacuated as a precautionary measure.
Speaking to reporters here, Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena said 148 mm rainfall was recorded at Pottangi block in Koraput district, followed by Mahendragarh (89.4 mm) and Mohana (77.2 mm) in Gajapati district. Road connectivity was partially affected due to landslides and uprooting of trees in some places of Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts, he said.
Jena said the state government has so far evacuated 46,075 people, including 1,533 pregnant women, to safe places, where the district administrations have made arrangements to provide dry and cooked food to them.
“The cyclone situation in Odisha remains by and large normal though trees are uprooted and houses damaged in some places,” Jena said.
The road between Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh and Sunki in Koraput has been disconnected due to a landslide, while trees fell on Lamtaput-Vishakhapatnam road at Kanchana, disrupting communication, he said.
Trees were also found uprooted on thoroughfares at Kunduli under Pottangi police station limits, he said, adding that movement of vehicles was also affected in several places of Gajapati district as roads were blocked due to landslides.
Road transport was also disrupted due to falling of trees at Tarlakota in Malkangiri which witnessed heavy rainfall on Sunday night, while asbestos roofs of several houses were damaged in the Raleguda block, a district official said.
Due to overnight downpour, a portion of the National Highway-26 was submerged near the government hospital at Sunki on Monday. A team of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force personnel rushed to the area and evacuated people to a nearby large multi-purpose cooperative society office, Jena said.
The Ganjam district administration has sealed the Soroda-Daringbadi ghat road, anticipating a landslide due to heavy rainfall on Sunday night.
Teams of the ODRAF and the National Disaster Response Force have been stationed at the affected places to repair roads and remove uprooted trees, he said.
The administrations of seven cyclone-hit districts – Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur – have been asked to submit damage assessment reports in the next five days.
The East Coast Railway said 16 trains have been cancelled in view of waterlogging on tracks in the Visakhapatnam-Vizianagaram-Rayagada section.
The IMD, in its special bulletin issued at 2 pm, said the deep depression over south Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh moved westwards with a speed of 14 kmph and lay centered at 11.30 am over south Odisha and adjoining south Chhattisgarh.
It is likely to move nearly westwards and weaken into a depression in the next six hours and into a low-pressure area during the subsequent 24 hours.