Visakhapatnam: Officials of three north coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh —Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam — were put on high alert to face the cyclone Jawad that is going to hit the area on December 4.
The collectors held review meetings on Wednesday with the mandal level revenue, health, power, fire services officials and State Disaster Response Force to assess the preparedness.
Srikakulam Collector Srikesh Lathkar told officials that the district could be impacted more since the cyclone could cross the district bordering south Odisha.
Disrict collector of Visakhapatnam Dr A. Mallkarjuna said the district could receive heavy rains from December 3 to December 6 causing floods.
Chances of damage to property was likely as the cyclone would be accompanied by high-speed winds gusting up to 110 kmph.
Mandal wise control rooms were opened in Vizianagaram district, the collector A. Surya Kumari said in a meeting.
The collectors advised the fishermen to return to the shore by Thursday evening and not to venture into the sea until further orders.
In a pre cyclone bulletin, the IMD said the depression is likely to form by Thursday and likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm on December 3.
The system will move towards northwest and reach north Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coast around December 4 morning....