The weather department has issued warning of heavy rains along coastal Andhra Pradesh and Odisha as cyclone Roanu is expected to move towards the Indian coastal region after wreaking havoc in Sri Lanka.
According to the weather department, cyclone Roanu is currently centred at about 110 km south-southwest of Visakhapatnam and 60 km east-northeast of Kakinada. The system is likely to move northeast along and off Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coast and intensify into a severe cyclonic storm.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall has been predicted over Andhra Pradesh during next 24 hours. Odisha is also likely to witness heavy to very heavy rains on Friday and Saturday.
Wind speed can reach 90 to 110 kmph along and off North Andhra Pradesh coasts during next 12 hours. Odisha may witness squally wind speed reaching 60-80 kmph. Several places in north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts are also likely to be affected by stormy winds during the next 24 hours.
Fishermen have been warned against venturing in the sea along and off Odisha, Andhra and Tamil Nadu coasts.
"The cyclone is now moving towards Odisha coast and will bring heavy rains in Andhra, Odisha and West Bengal. It will hit the coast near Chittagong near Bangladesh on May 21," said official of Weather Department.
NDRF and SDRF teams have been kept ready alongwith essential items like food, water, medicines and other material has been kept ready to meet any eventuality.
Meanwhile, India has rushed two naval ships with relief materials to cyclone-hit Sri Lanka . INS Sunayna, an NOPV (Naval offshore patrol vessel) and INS Sutlej, a survey vessel have started for Colombo from Southern Naval Command Kochi.
As per reports, at least 18 people have been killed in Sri Lanka and 200 families are still missing following a series of mudslides as Roanu brought heavy rainfalls across the island country.