Rain wreaks havoc in north coastal Andhra Pradesh, more in offing

By Times Of India on 02 May 2018 | read
VISAKHAPATNAM: Heavy thundershowers lashed Visakhapatnam on Tuesday morning. While the rains provided the necessary relief from the scorching sun, normal life was disrupted. This is the first heavy downpour this summer, with many areas recording rainfall above 60mm.


Heavy rain lashed the city for about 90 minutes. The weatherman attributed the rainfall to cumulonimbus clouds with cyclonic circulation 0.9km above mean sea level along north Odisha and neighbouring districts.

Many low lying areas in the city like Gnanapuram, Old City, Poorna Market and Chavulamadhum were inundated with knee-deep water. According to AP Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL) superintending engineer for Visakhapatnam, TV Surya Prakash, 11-kv power transformers broke down in several aras. A few electricity poles were uprooted at Malkapuram and there was power outage in the city for one to two hours, he added.

Meanwhile, India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday warned that thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds is very likely at isolated places over north coastal Andhra Pradesh in the next two days.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea. There is low pressure area over north Andaman Sea, with associated cyclonic circulation extending upto 3.1km above mean sea level.