Visakhapatnam: Approximately 1,200 passengers, most of them are laborers destined for Port Blair were stuck aboard a ship in Visakhapatnam following intense cyclone conditions in the coastal areas.
The departure of ship m.v. Harshavardhana was delayed for more than two days due to the cyclone. Following extreme rains, the laborers were permitted to board the ship though its scheduled departure was delayed twice already. While the ship authorities are providing drinking water and amenities to the passengers, the district officials are arranging food for the laborers.
The ship is owned by SCI and chartered by the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Administration to ferry laborers from Visakhapatnam to Port Blair.
Intense Cyclone Conditions: In the meantime, the Met department has warned about the low-pressure area in Bay of Bengal turning into a strong cyclone. The cyclone is centered at 110 km away from Visakhapatnam coast and about 60 km from Kakinada. Therefore, northern parts of Andhra Pradesh are likely to receive moderate to heavy rainfall. Srikakulam and surrounding regions have already recorded a rainfall of over 5 cm.
In the meantime, with wind speed reaching over 90 kmph and the cyclone increasing in the coastal regions the district administration has cautioned fishermen not to go for venturing into the sea. The cyclone is expected to cross Bangladesh coast on Saturday night, the Met department said.