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Cyclone Phethai makes landfall, normal life hit in coastal Andhra Pradesh

One person was killed in a landslide caused by heavy rains in Vijayawada city but no other casualties have been reported from elsewhere so far

Press Trust of India  |  Amaravati(AP) 

Trees were uprooted in Visakhapatnam district's Narsipatnam after strong winds and rainfall hit the region (Photo: ANI)
Trees were uprooted in Visakhapatnam district's Narsipatnam after strong winds and rainfall hit the region (Photo: ANI)

Cyclone 'Phethai' made landfall in East Godavari district of Monday afternoon bringing moderate to heavy rains even as normal life remained hit in the coastal districts of the state.

The Real-Time Governance Centre at the state Secretariat here announced that 'Phethai' weakened into a cyclone as it made landfall near Katrenikona around 12.25 pm with a wind speed of 80 kmph.

One person was killed in a landslide caused by heavy rains in Vijayawada city but no other casualties have been reported from elsewhere so far, according to sources in the State Disaster Management Authority.

The South Central Railway has cancelled several trains and rescheduled some others because of the cyclone.

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Air traffic to the port city of Visakhapatnam has been hampered due to turbulent weather conditions, following which some flights were diverted to Hyderabad.

A holiday has been declared for educational institutions in the coastal districts of the state as a precautionary measure.

First Published: Mon, December 17 2018. 13:25 IST
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