Hyderabad: Districts along the Bay of Bengal coast in Andhra Pradesh have been put on high alert as the deep depression that lay centred between Chennai and Nagapattinam is expected to turn into a cyclone by tomorrow. Heavy winds with a speed ranging from 45-55 kmph are expected under the impact of cyclone Nilam.
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who was on a tour of Medak district in Telangana, directed Revenue Minister N Raghuveera Reddy and Chief Secretary Minnie Mathew over phone to closely monitor the situation and take all precautionary measures.
He asked them to take up rescue and relief operations wherever necessary, a release from CMO said. A third warning signal has been issued in Krishnapatnam, Vadarevu, Machilipatnam and Nizampatnam ports while fishermen have been warned not to venture into sea.
Control rooms have been opened in the coastal districts, particularly SPS Nellore and Prakasam that are expected to have major impact of the cyclone. Nellore district Collector B Sridhar said revenue staff in 23 tehsils in the coastal region have been put on alert to handle any eventuality.
In Krishna, which is a high cyclone-prone district, Collector Buddha Prakash Jyothi opened control rooms in coastal areas and got a campaign conducted asking fishermen to stay away from the sea. "We are ready to meet any eventuality," Buddha said. In Singarayakonda area in Prakasam district, high tides were witnessed this morning causing alarm among people. However, no damage has been reported so far.
Satellite image: South India under cyclone threat, heavy rainfall in Tamil Nadu