New Delhi, Sep 27 (EFE).- Cyclone Gulab weakened on Monday and became a deep depression after landfall on India’s east coast overnight and leaving at least two people dead.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its latest report that Gulab would advance inland in the eastern states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh during the day.
In Srikakulam district, in northern Andhra Pradesh, at least two fishermen died after their boat overturned due to the strong waves caused by the cyclone.
“There were six fishermen, all residents of Andhra Pradeh’s Srikakulam, on the boat, out of which five fell in the sea due to the strong waves,” said police sub inspector of Vajrapukotturu locality in Srikakulam, according to Indian Express newspaper.
Two fishermen died and three others managed to swim to shore, while another person on the boat remains missing, the source said.
The cyclone hit the eastern coast with a maximum sustained wind speed of between 75-85 kmph with gusts of up to 95 kmph, causing heavy rains and flooding in several areas.
The National Disaster Response Force said 16 rescue teams had been deployed for the evacuation of thousands of people ahead of the arrival of the cyclone, and for relief and reparation efforts.
The Bay of Bengal usually witnesses frequent cyclonic activity during the months of April, May, October and November.
In May 2020, super-cyclone Amphan left more than 100 dead in India and Bangladesh. EFE