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Andhra Pradesh braces for third cyclone in 2 months!

November 25, 2013 10:36 IST

After being hit by cyclones 'Phailin' and 'Helen', Andhra Pradesh is likely to be at the receiving end of Cyclone 'Lehar' by November 28.

'Lehar' lay centred at 11.30 am on Monday, nearly 230 km east-southeast of Port Blair over the Andaman Sea, and is expected to cross Andaman and Nicobar Islands tonight.

It would then emerge in South Eastern Bay of Bengal and intensify gradually into a very severe cyclonic storm.

It would move west-northwestwards and cross the Andhra Pradesh coast between Machillipatnam and Kalingapatnam near Kakinada around November 28 noon, AP Disaster Management Commissioner C Parthasarathi told reporters, quoting India Meteorological Department reports.

He said farmers, fishermen and others should be geared up to face the severe cyclonic storm, since they have four days to prepare for it

Cyclone Helen, which crossed the AP coast near Machilipatnam last Friday, left a trail of destruction with crops like paddy and black gram suffering damages in 4.6 lakh hectares in five coastal districts as per preliminary estimates.

About 8,700 hectares of horticulture crops like coconut, banana and vegetables have also been damaged in three coastal districts.

Six persons were killed in various rain-related incidents due to the cyclone, he said, while as many as 1,313 houses sustained damages.

Power supply is expected to be restored in 200 villages in East Godawar and West Godavari districts by today evening, he said.

Estimated losses as per preliminary estimates were to the tune of Rs 1628.66 crore.

Cyclone Phailin, which hit the state in October, also caused extensive damages in the state.

Image: Residents stand outside a flooded house after heavy rains in Hyderabad ' Image: Krishnendu Halde/Reuters

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