Damage is expected over coastal districts of South Andhra Pradesh (Nellore, Tirupati, Prakasam, Bapatla, Guntur, Krishna and West Godavari) and adjoining coastal districts of North Tamil Nadu-Puducherry.
The India Meteorological Department has included damage indications to various structures and plantations in their advisory bulletins. Major damage was indicated to thatched houses/huts, with breaking of tree branches and uprooting of large avenue trees. Minor damage to power and communication lines occurred due to breaking of branches and uprooting of trees. Damage was expected to impact paddy crops, horticultural crops and orchards. Inundation was also expected in the low-lying areas in coastal districts, due to heavy rainfall and flash floods.
Heavy rains associated with cyclone have affected the city of Chennai. According to the Greater Chennai Police, 5 deaths have been reported owing to various reasons, including falling of trees and electrocution. Most of the flights from Chennai International Airport were canceled or delayed due to heavy rainfall. Chennai’s municipal administration considered that these are the worst rains the city has seen in the last 70-80 years.
Sources: Indian Meteorological Department (Ministry of Earth Science); The Weather Company, Reuters, Indian Express