The intensity of cyclonic storm ‘Lehar’, that is expected to hit Andhra Pradesh tomorrow and bring heavy rainfall in its wake, has “weakened” but the state government remains alert, evacuating people from vulnerable areas and taking all precautionary measures.
Government continued its preparations to face the situation and has evacuated.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who reviewed the situation with officials, has directed the administration at Hyderabad and all the coastal districts, particularly Krishna, East, West Godavari and Visakhapatnam to be on high alert and take precautionary measures, it release said.
CM said though the severity of cyclone has come down, heavy rains are expected in East and West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur districts.
The system lay centred at 1730 hours today over west- central Bay of Bengal, about 450 km from Machillipatnam in Andhra coast. It was expected to weaken further and cross Andhra coast near Machillipatnam around tomorrow afternoon.
The bulletin said rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places would occur over coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam district of Puducherry tomorrow. Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall has been forecast over these regions on November 29.