Cyclone Phethai makes landfall in AP’s East Godavari district coast


(Online Desk)

Coastal areas in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are on high alert as severe cyclonic storm Phethai made its landfall around Kakinada Monday afternoon.

Authorities have sounded red alert in seven out of nine coastal districts and opened over 300 relief camps to provide shelter to people evacuated from coastal villages and low-lying areas.

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.

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