A General Cargo Ship MV MAA drifted to the shore in Vizag during the early hours of Tuesday. The vessel, which is reportedly sailing under the flag of Bangladesh, has reportedly been drifted aground after losing both its anchors. People have been turning out in numbers, since this morning, at the Tenneti Park area to catch a sight of the 80 meter long vessel.
Heavy winds and tides, caused due to the latest deep depression over the Bay of Bengal, are expected to have influenced the Bangladeshi cargo ship’s movement towards the Vizag shore. However, no damage to the ship has been reported. Sources claim that around 10 crew members onboard are also safe. Reportedly, the Indian Coast Guard authorities in Vizag have taken stock of the situation to assist the cargo ship.
Due to the deep depression, several parts of Vizag were lashed by heavy rains on Monday. The deep depression over the Bay of Bengal crossed the north Andhra Pradesh coast, close to Kakinada, and 100 km nearly east-northeast of Narsapur in Andhra Pradesh between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on Tuesday, with a sustained wind speed of 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph. This is expected to cause heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy rainfall, above 20 cm, at isolated places over Telangana, heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over north Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema, South Interior Karnataka, south Odisha, south Chhattisgarh, and Vidarbha.
Also, fishermen have been advised not to venture into Westcentral, Northwest & Southwest Bay of Bengal, and along and off Andhra Pradesh, Odisha-Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts till 13 October noon and over the Gulf of Mannar during 13 & 14 October 2020.