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Kerala staggers as Cyclone Amphan intensifies with heavy rains

Many parts of Kerala have experienced heavy rains since overnight due to the impact of super cyclone Amphan, officials said on Monday. Cyclone Amphan is the extremely severe cyclonic storm currently located over central part of the south Bay of Bengal. The super cyclonic storm situation, expected to have windspeed of 230-240 kmph gusting to 265 kmph, will remain till Tuesday evening, bringing heavy rainfall to coastal Odisha and West Bengal.

Though the state of Kerala is not in the path of the cyclone, Yellow alert has been issued in nine of its districts for the next couple of days as the weather forecast predicted that the state is expected to receive heavy rainfall of 7 to 11 centimetres accompanied with strong winds. Predicting strong winds along and off Kerala coast and over Lakshadweep area on Monday and Tuesday due to the impact of the cyclone, Weather department officials have advised the fishermen not to venture into sea these days. According to Indian Meteorological Department, the cyclone will further intensify as a super cyclone anytime soon and likely to make a landfall between Sagar Islands in West Bengal and Hatiya Islands in Bangladesh.

In the past days, heavy rains accompanied by gusty wind created havoc in many places across the state. Trees and electric posts uprooted disrupting power supply. Several houses were also damaged in southern districts. Several trees got uprooted and fell on the electric lines and roads affecting movement of vehicles and power blackout.

– Christo Freddy, NMTV News



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