Andhra escapes cyclone fury (Lead)December 30th, 2011 - 10:01 pm ICT by IANS
Hyderabad, Dec 30 (IANS) The severe Cyclone Thane that crossed the coast between Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Friday morning did not have much impact on Andhra Pradesh, officials said.
Some parts of south coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions received heavy rains in the morning but it stopped raining later.
Heavy rains accompanied by gales uprooted trees, damaged roads and crops in few areas in East Godavari and Chittoor district.
Commissioner of disaster management T. Radha said the cyclone had not caused much damage due to the huge distance between the Andhra coast and the area where it made the landfall. “There are no reports of any loss of life or property due to the cyclone,” he said.
He said since there was no major threat, people were not evacuated from coastal villages or low-lying areas in any district.
The met office has also withdrawn the cyclone warning at the ports and for the fishermen along the coast.
However, as rains are predicted over next 24 hours, the officials in south coastal and Rayalaseema regions remained on alert.
Radha said some areas in Nellore, Chittoor, Kadapa, Anantapur and Prakasam received the rains in the morning.
There were reports of strong gales uprooting trees and damaging salt farms in the coastal villages in East Godavari district.
Officials said the situation in the sea was also returning to normal.
Chittoor, Tirupati and other towns in Chittoor district received heavy rains. The roads leading to the famous town at Tirumala were deserted.
Authorities had declared a holiday for all educational institutions in Chittoor district.
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