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Heavy rainfall expected in Andaman and Nicobar

LiveMint logoLiveMint 21-05-2014 Nikita Mehta

New Delhi: A depression lay over eastern Bay of Bengal on Wednesday, 490km from Port Blair, 620km off Yangon and 650 km off Bangladesh, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). It is expected to intensify further into a deep depression in the next 24 hours and move north-northeastwards towards Myanmar and adjoining Bangladesh coast in the next 48 hrs.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall can be expected over Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the next 24 hours. Wind speed reaching 45-55 km per hour (kmph) gusting to 65 kmph would prevail along and off the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the next two days, making for rough seas near the islands.

“Although it is expected to intensify into a deep depression, it is not expected to intensify into a cyclone. Such depressions are normal for this time of the year. The system will cause heavy rainfall in Andaman and Nicobar islands, rainfall in the Indian mainland will not be affected,” said M. Mohapatra, senior scientist at the cyclone warning centre of IMD.

Fishermen around the Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been advised not to venture to sea in the next 48 hours.

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