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Cyclone Jawad likely to weaken into deep depression; schools shut in 19 districts

Officials predict that cyclonic storm ‘Jawad’ will weaken into a deep depression before reaching the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast by Saturday noon. “It is expected to weaken gradually over the next 12 hours and then move north-northeast along the Odisha coast, forming a deep depression near Puri,” the India Meteorological Department said.

On Saturday morning, as Cyclone Jawad moved along the coast, heavy rains and high winds lashed vast swaths of coastal Odisha. Heavy rain is expected in parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal today, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba reviewed the preparations for the impending cyclone ‘Jawad’ in the Bay of Bengal region on Friday and directed all agencies involved to ensure no lives are lost and property damage is kept to a minimum. A total of 64 teams have been designated for deployment in the affected states by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

According to ANI, schools in 19 districts across Odisha will be closed due to heavy rain. Meanwhile, in Andhra Pradesh, over 54,008 people have been evacuated from the districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, and Visakhapatnam.

The Odisha government issued guidelines to prevent the adverse effects of Cyclone Jawad on Thursday evening as the low-pressure area over the southeast Bay of Bengal continues to develop.

Due to the cyclone ‘Jawad,’ the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has cancelled the services of five express trains. The trains have been cancelled, according to the NF Railway’s Twitter account.

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