Andhra: Heavy rains kill 20, cyclone to hit shores

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Hyderabad, Nov 3: More than twenty people were killed in heavy rains in Andhra Pradesh, which is facing a threat of a cyclonic storm.

Officials in disaster management department reported that the heavy rains in the coastal region have affected more than 400,000 people and damaged crops in over 100,000 hectares.

The Visakhapatnam Cyclone Warning Centre reported on Tuesday, Nov 2 that a cyclonic storm may hit the coast between south coastal Andhra and north Tamil Nadu in two to three days.

Earlier, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has reported a cyclone formation in the Bay of Bengal. It has predicted that the brewing cyclone could be racing towards the Tamil Nadu-South Coastal Andhra Pradesh coast for a landfall.

Government officials told that over 26,000 people were evacuated from low-lying areas in four districts. 92 relief camps were opened in the four districts of East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Nellore and Krishna.

Chief Minister's office told that government has requested the Army, Navy and Air Force to be ready for deployment of forces if necessary.

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