Cyclone Asani: All schools in Malkangiri to remain closed

Malkangiri: All the schools in Malkangiri districts have been advised to remain closed today in view of the cyclone Asani.

Reportedly, the Severe Cyclonic Storm Asani over the west-central Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 12 kmph and weakened into a Cyclonic Storm this morning.

It is very likely to move nearly northwestwards for the next few hours and reach the West-central Bay of Bengal close to the Andhra Pradesh coast. Thereafter, it is very likely to re-curve slowly north-northeastwards and move along Machilipatnam, Narsapur, Yanam, Kakinada, Tuni, and Visakhapatnam coasts, said IMD.

The weather department also added that the system will emerge into the west-central Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh coasts by May 11 evening. Thereafter it is likely to move northeastwards towards the northwest Bay of Bengal. It is likely to weaken gradually into a depression by May 12 morning.

It is pertinent to mention that according to the Meteorological Department Bhubaneswar, the effects of the cyclone Asani have been felt in the Malkangiri district as it has already started to rain since the morning.

As many as two ODRAF teams have been deployed in the district to tackle any unforeseen situation. One team has been sent to Kalimela block of the district whereas the other team has reameined alert in the District Headquarters. All preparations have been made by the district administration.

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