A special meeting of the East Godavari district officials will be held at Kakinada on Thursday to take stock of preparedness for cyclonic storm 'Hudhud' which is expected to hit Andhra Pradesh coast by October 12.
Several villages under Devipatnam mandal of East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh remained marooned as river Godavari was in spate on Monday even as a second warning has been issued at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowaleswaram.
With two more persons succumbing to their burn injuries on Sunday, the toll in Friday`s deadly fire-blast, apparently caused by leakage from a GAIL gas pipeline here, rose to 19 even as the condition of at least three others remains critical, police said.
Power utilities in Andhra Pradesh under the Eastern Power Distribution Company Ltd have geared up to meet any emergency arising out of cyclone `Phailin` hitting the coastal districts of Srikakulam, West Godavari, East Godavari, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam.
Authorities on Sunday launched a final search operation to locate survivors and those missing, if any, after 11 pilgrims met a watery grave when an overcrowded boat capsized in Godavari river in West Godavari district.