[18] Former Union Minister Rangaiah Naidu opined that the state government overinflated the damage estimates to qualify for additional aid, in part due to the government spending annual disaster subsidies for salaries. IMD director (for Andhra Pradesh) S. Stella said Cyclone Nivar may cause heavy to extremely heavy rains at isolated places in Rayalaseema and … [22] However, there were 569 fishermen killed or left missing due to lost boats at sea. [21] Helicopters also surveyed the storm damage, as many affected small villages were not linked by roads. [15] Workers used cranes to remove trees from highways. [5] The All India Radio broadcast warnings beginning on 5 November, the day before landfall. Normal life was thrown out of gear as heavy to extremely heavy rainfall ranging from 6 cm to 30 cm battered at least half of Andhra Pradesh under the influence of cyclone Nivar, leaving one dead. Early on 6 November, the storm began rapidly intensifying, and the IMD upgraded the storm to a severe cyclonic storm and later a very severe cyclonic storm. 100,000 (US$2,857) to the family of every person killed by the storm. South coastal Andhra Pradesh is expected to be hit by Cyclone Nivar by Wednesday, November 25. [6][3] The IMD assessed a much lower intensity, estimating 3 minute winds of 145 km/h (90 mph) based on a Dvorak rating of 4.5. Follow our special coverage of Coronavirus pandemic in India and get news updates from around the world. IMD data said the deep depression in Bay of Bengal was turning into a cyclone … Across Andhra Pradesh, the storm damaged 647,554 houses, including over 10,000 that were destroyed. [12] About 1,300 km (810 mi) of roads were damaged or washed out, including 210 km (130 mi) of National Highway 5. Many of these fishermen had departed days before the storm, and those that survived had transistors in their boats. [18] In the hardest hit areas, only houses made of brick and cement withstood the high winds,[8] and huts made of mud and thatch were decimated. Cyclone Nivar: Rains wreak havoc in Andhra Pradesh, at least two dead The widespread rains caused by the cyclonic system have wreaked havoc in Nellore, Chittoor, Kadapa and Kurnool districts Another farmer was feared washed away while NDRF personnel rescued two others from a reservoir in Chittoor district. [29] The World Bank credited the government's experience with disasters as saving lives, although the response to the disaster was largely in repairing damage, rather than mitigating against future storms. [14] The cyclone also destroyed 55 electrical towers,[12] including a 100 m (330 ft) tall telecommunications tower,[5] as well as nearly 17,000 power lines in West Godavari. Tirumala Hills, the abode of Lord Venkateswara, has been receiving incessant rain since Wednesday, causing a lot of hardship to hundreds of devotees stranded there. [17] Across Andhra Pradesh, the storm damaged 647,554 houses,[5] with about 200,000 sustaining roof damage,[16] and over 10,000 that were destroyed. [9] About 935 medical teams were established following the storm,[15] and chlorinated drinking tablets were distributed to purify water,[14] in an attempt to prevent a cholera outbreak. IMD director (for Andhra Pradesh) S. Stella said Cyclone Nivar may cause heavy to extremely heavy rains at isolated places in Rayalaseema and … In Chittoor district, three farmers went to their fields to fetch electric motors but were suddenly caught in a swirling flood from the Mallemadugu reservoir on Thursday. [13] Widespread areas of crop fields were inundated with floodwaters, washing away tons of rice, coconuts, and bananas. State Water Resources Minister P Anil Kumar visited some relief camps and spoke to the affected people. [16] Overall damage was officially estimated at RS$21.5 billion (US$602 million). [9] Along a 60 km (37 mi) portion of the coast, 3.7 m (12 ft) waves accompanied a 2 m (6.6 ft) storm surge, spreading 5 km (3 mi) inland. [5] The JTWC issued their last advisory at 06:00 UTC that day,[3] and the IMD downgraded the system to a remnant low pressure area over Telangana at 12:00 UTC. [12] This plan ultimately cost about US$175 million and was completed in July 2003, three years longer than expected but at a lower cost due to the Indian rupee losing some of its value. A new area of convection, or thunderstorms, developed over the Andaman Sea on 1 November [5][15] The villages did not receive advanced warning, and Bhairvapada did not have a functioning cyclone shelter. This has resulted in water overflowing on roads at many places, cutting off road communication, and also inundating agricultural fields. [8], Heavy rainfall and high tides flooded more than 250 villages,[3] and the cyclone affected 1,380 villages throughout Andhra Pradesh. On Monday, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that the depression is … At 04:00 UTC that day, an irregular eye formed in the middle of the central dense overcast, which quickly became more circular and distinct. [5][3] The storm struck just three weeks after another storm killed 350 people. [5], The IMD issued warnings related to the cyclone that were distributed to the public by television, telegraph, news outlets, and other government departments. According to the State Disaster Management Authority, SPS Nellore, Chittoor, Kadapa, Krishna, Prakasam and East Godavari districts received heavy to extremely heavy rainfall at more than 177 places. [14] It was estimated that the storm destroyed 174,000 ha (430,000 acres) of rice paddy, along with 67,802 ha (167,540 acres) of other crops. [31], Satellite image of the storm prior to landfall in India on 6 November, Regional Specialized Meteorological Center, Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre (RSMC) – Tropical Cyclones, New Delhi, "Joint Typhoon Warning Center Mission Statement", Report on cyclonic disturbances over north Indian Ocean during 1996, Report of the Government of India/Government of Andhra Pradesh/FAO Workshop on Measure to Reduce the Loss of Life During Cyclones, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, "Cyclone leaves death, disease and destruction in India", Technical Annex on a Proposed Loan and Credit to India for an Andhra Pradesh Hazard Mitigation and Emergency Cyclone Recovery Project, India: Cyclone IFRC situation report no. Cholera spreads through stagnant contaminated water, and there were eight reports of storm victims contracting the disease. [5][nb 3] However, the World Bank indicated damage reached as high as US$1.5 billion.