All educational institutions will remain closed on Wednesday in the NTR and Krishna districts as cyclonic storm Michaung is set to make landfall near Bapatla on the south Andhra Pradesh coast.
NTR District Collector S Dilli Rao on Wednesday announced the news. It has to be noted that the educational institutions have remained closed in the last two days.
An earlier order by the collector had said that schools may need to make up for these holidays by utilizing the upcoming Second Saturdays if there is a deficiency in achieving the required 220 working academic days.
Nearly 900 people residing in villages along the southern coast of Andhra Pradesh have been evacuated to safety. With the severe cyclonic storm Michaung anticipated to hit Bapatla district within hours, residents have been advised against going outdoors. Bapatla district superintendent of police Vakul Jindal told PTI that people living in thatched houses in the region have been evacuated. He said 21 cyclone shelters have been set up, even as 10 trees got uprooted and 12 bridges and culverts are overflowing in the district.
“As of now there is not much of a human impact. It is raining and a bit windy. We have cleared the uprooted trees and stopped vehicle movement at overflowing places. We are vigilant and we will see what happens and respond accordingly,” Jindal said. The weather system over the west-central Bay of Bengal, running along and off the south Andhra Pradesh coast is moving nearly northwards, parallel and close to the south Andhra Pradesh coast and is expected to complete crossing in the next two hours, the official said. The Amaravati Meteorological Centre noted that the intensity of gales near the centre of the severe cyclonic storm is 90 – 100 km per hour and gusting up to 110 kmph.