The state authorities are geared up for any emergency and army and other forces have been put on alert. More than 40000 people have been evacuated from lower lying areas of Andhra Pradesh .The state authorities are still leaving no stone unturned in ensuring people's safety.
The cyclone has slowed down and expected to hit parts West Bengal, Orissa and other parts of Andhra Pradesh by tomorow morning May21.
Warnings are issued in Calcutta and other parts of West Bengal and Orissa.
Cyclone Laila weakens
The number of deaths rose to 90 due to rain in three states including Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The authorities have evacuated more than 40000 people from the low-lying areas.
Meteorologists predicts that Laila will weaken when by the time it hits Andhra Pradesh. Windspeed has slightly reduced to 100 kmpr her.
Cyclone Laila closes in
The cyclone 'Laila' will strike Andhra Pradesh by noon, May 20. Heavy rain claimed five lives in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. More than 11 lakh people will be affected if the cyclone hits the coastal area.
The air traffic got affected in Vijayawada, Rajamundry and Vishakhapatnam.
Twenty fishermen who went sea were reported missing.
The revenue officials continues the evacuation processes in the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh. High alert has been issued by the army to meet the demands of any emergency.
The impacts of the cyclone looms large over Karnataka and Kerala too, as Laila made its way towards AP coast on Thursday. The Meteorological Centre has issued the warning of 'heavy rainfall' and 'strong wind' for the both states, though the massive cyclonic storm make its way several hundred kilometres away.