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'Yellow Alert' Turns To 'Orange' As Cyclone 'Pabuk' Inches Closer To Andaman Islands

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| January 6 , 2019 , 16:25 IST

India Meteorological Department has announced 'Orange' alert for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Sunday as it is under threat of a cyclonic storm named Pabuk.

According to the Meteorological Office in Port Blair, the storm lay centred about 370 km east-southeast of Port Blair at 2.30 on Sunday morning. It is likely to continue to move north-northwestwards for some more time and cross the Andaman Islands by Sunday evening. 

An official said that the sea condition will be high over the Andaman Islands, the Andaman Sea and the adjoining areas of east-central and south-east Bay of Bengal till January 7 due to the cyclonic storm 'Pabuk'.

The sea condition will be very rough over the Nicobar Islands till Sunday. People in the Andaman Islands are advised to remain in safe places, the official added.

Several parts of the islands have been witnessing heavy rains since morning and all the inter-island ships have been cancelled. Two teams of National Disaster Response Force have been deployed to tackle the situation

The weather department has advised total suspension of fishing operation over the Andaman Sea and adjoining south-east and the east-central Bay of Bengal till January 7 and over east-central and adjoining south-east Bay of Bengal till January 8.

Earlier, the Home Ministry informed people about the upcoming threat and advised them to be careful. A 'Yellow' alert has been also sounded for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as a cyclonic storm is moving towards the archipelago.

Now, that 'yellow' alert has turned to 'Orange' and Pabuk has reached very near to Andaman.

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The official also said 'Pabuk' originated over the Gulf of Thailand and neighbourhood, moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 10 kmph and lay centred over Thailand and neighbourhood.

The storm will become very rough over the south-east and the east-central Bay of Bengal, the Andaman Islands and the adjoining Andaman Sea by January 8 and rough over east-central and adjoining south-east Bay of Bengal by January 8.