2 killed in India’s Andhra Pradesh as Cyclone Gulab makes landfall
At least two fishermen were killed as Cyclone Gulab, packed with a wind power of 90km per hour, made landfall between the coastal areas of adjacent Indian states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh tonight, officials said.
A boat carrying six fishermen from Srikakulam district in coastal Andhra Pradesh lost balance in the storm and of them two fishers have been reported dead while one is missing. Three of the fishermen from Palasa village swam to safety, reports our New Delhi correspondent.
The cyclone hit the landmass between Kalingapatanam in Andhra Pradesh and Gopalpur in Odisha, the Indian Met Department said the landfall process of the cyclone may continue for about three hours.
"As per the latest meteorological observations, the cloud bands have touched the coastal regions and thus the landfall process has commenced over north coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjoining south coastal Odisha," the IMD said in a statement.
During the landfall, the wind speed of the cyclone was about 90 kmph, an IMD official said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up Chief Ministers of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh and assured them of all support from the federal government to cope with the challenges posed by the cyclone.