Relief for south India as cyclone loses intensity Dec 05, 2021 0 0 12345 dpaNew DelhiA cyclonic storm which threatened India’s south-eastern coast has weakened, but authorities remained on alert as it was expected to bring heavy rains in the region. Meteorological officials had earlier warned that Cyclone Jawad, brewing over the Bay of Bengal, would make landfall on Sunday with windspeeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour.However the cyclone weakened on Saturday as it approached the southern state of Andhra Pradesh before it was to cross the coast of the eastern state of Odisha.“Jawad is weakening and is likely to cross the temple city of Puri not as a cyclone but a deep depression,” said Sushmita Behera, a senior official of the Odisha disaster management agency, citing reports from the Indian Meteorological Department.“But we are prepared for heavy rains, we have evacuated 2,000 people and shifted 400 pregnant women in vulnerable areas to hospitals, suspended train services and warned fishermen not to venture into the sea,” she added.K Kanna Babu, chief of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh’s disaster management authority, said they made arrangements for evacuating 50,000 people, but the need did not arise.“The situation did not warrant evacuations. It’s been a normal day with a few spells of rain. We will maintain the alert until the end of Saturday,” Babu said. No major damage or loss of life had been reported so far from either state. Cyclones often form over the Bay of Bengal, bringing widespread destruction and flooding in India’s southern and eastern coastal regions. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES One killed dozens injured as Mt Semeru erupts Dec 05, 2021 0 0 Taliban governor of Panjshir province survives bomb attack in Kabul Dec 05, 2021 0 0 Gambians head to their first polls without dictator Jammeh Dec 05, 2021 0 0 France operates fresh evacuation flight, around 330 people leave Kabul Paris France has operated another airlift flight out of Afghanistan, evacuating some 330 people from the troubled country, the Foreign Ministry in Paris said on Friday. The plane took 258 Afghan nationals to Qatar, the .. Iran adopted destructive stance in nuclear talks: EU diplomats dpa Vienna Iran has taken a destructive stance in the recently reinitiated nuclear negotiations, according to high-ranking European diplomats. “Iran is breaking with almost all the difficult compromises that were .. Macron meets Saudi heir apparent dpa Cairo French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday arrived in Saudi Arabia and met its powerful heir apparent in the first official visit by a senior Western leader to the oil-rich monarchy since the 2018 . .. South Africa declares fourth wave as Covid-19 cases surge further dpa Johannesburg The number of coronavirus infections in South Africa continues to rise and the country is officially in its fourth wave of the pandemic, according to the nation’s health ministry. The National ..