Under the influence of the cyclonic storm Gulab, which made landfall between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coasts, all 36 districts of Maharashtra are under heavy rain alert for today and tomorrow. Vidarbha, Marathwada and North Central Maharashtra are likely to get heavy to very heavy rainfall and strong gusty winds from today and tomorrow under the influence of the system. Parts of Konkan region are likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places along with thunderstorms, lightning and strong gusty winds today and tomorrow. As per the forecast, Chandrapur is under red alert today, indicating extremely heavy rainfall over the district. Mumbai and neighbouring districts Thane, Palghar and 17 other districts are likely to receive heavy rainfall, accompanied by gusty winds, thunderstorms and lightning in the ghat area today. Besides,11 districts- Raigad, Ratnagiri, Pune, Satara, Nasik, Parbhani, Latur, Hingoli, Nanded, Yavatmal, Gadchiroli- are under orange alert indicating heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places and thunderstorms in ghat areas.
The IMD has forecast extremely heavy rain at isolated places on tomorrow in Palghar, Thane and Raigad and are under red alert. Mumbai along with Ratnagiri, Nashik, Pune, Ahmednagar are under orange alert on tomorrow, indicating heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places.
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao took stock of the situation in the state due to heavy rain with Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar this morning. The Chief Minister directed the Chief Secretary to take all necessary precautions against any loss of life or property due to heavy rainfall across the state for another two days under the influence of Gulab storm. He asked the Revenue, Police, and other departments to work in coordination. Meanwhile, the Chief Secretary held a teleconference with District Collectors and asked them to remain vigilant in the wake of heavy rains. He asked them to utilise the services of NDRF teams in Hyderabad, Warangal and Kothagudem, if the situation warranted. He further directed that a separate Control Room should be set up in each District Collectorate and information should be provided to the Control Room set up in the Secretariat. He also asked that the situation should be reviewed by appointing Special Officers at problematic areas. State Director General of Police Mahender Reddy and other senior officials also attended.
Cyclonic storm Gulab has weakened into a deep depression after making landfall over north Andhra Pradesh and South Odisha coast last night. According to information, it is likely to cross Odisha by afternoon today while heading towards neighbouring Chhattisgarh. No loss of life or damage to property has so far been reported from the cyclone-affected areas of the state.
There has almost been no devastating impact of the cyclone in Odisha though some southern Odisha districts have been experiencing light to moderate but intermittent rainfall since last night. The administration of South Odisha districts like Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati and Malkangiri had already evacuated about forty thousand people to safer shelters prior to the landfall. In addition, all concerned districts have been keeping a close watch on any possible flash flood and subsequent landslides following the cyclone-induced rainfall. Meanwhile, educational institutions in about 11 districts of the state including those in South Odisha have been closed today in view of the cyclonic aftermath.