Cyclone Pabuk hit Andaman and Nicobar Islands

An “Orange” alert has been sounded in the Andaman Islands as cyclonic storm ‘Pabuk’ is  hit the archipelago.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which is facing a cyclonic storm. A home ministry official quoting from a weather bulletin said, cyclonic storm Pabuk is approaching the archipelago and currently hovering over the Andaman sea and the neighbourhood.

An orange weather warning means people should be prepared and there is an increased likelihood of bad or extreme weather, which may disrupt road and air travel and threaten life and property.

Cyclone Pabuk is now over the Andaman sea and its neighbourhood and it has moved north-northwestwards at a speed of 20 kmph in the last six hours.

The official said, the cyclonic storm is very likely to continue to move north-northwestwards and cross the Andaman islands by tonight with a wind speed of 65-75 kmph, gusting to 85 kmph.

The MeT department has urged people on the Andaman Islands to remain in safe places and suspend all fishing operations in the sea and southeast and east-central Bay of Bengal.

Pabuk, a once in three-decades weather system, originated over the Gulf of Thailand made landfall on Friday afternoon in Nakhon Si Thammarat province. The tropical storm has claimed four lives in southern Thailand and left hundreds of homes damaged.

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