Fishermen boats anchored at the shore in view of alert issued by India Meteorological Department's (IMD) for cyclonic storm 'Asani', in Puri on 8 May 2022

The Collector of Andhra's Krishna district, Ranjith Bhasha, on Wednesday warned people not to venture into the sea while informing heavy rain is expected due to Cyclone Asani.

"Cyclone is going to hit between Vishakapatnam and Kakinada. Heavy rains are expected. Wind speeds can go up to 80kmph. People in low-lying areas are alerted. All are advised to not go to sea. Control rooms have been set up in the collectorate, RTO offices and Mandal offices," Ranjith Bhasha, the district collector said.

Parts of the Kakinada district were lashed by rain on Wednesday morning.

Cyclone Asani continues to disrupt the flight operations in Andhra's Visakhapatnam and Tamil Nadu's Chennai as all IndiGo flights were cancelled on Wednesday morning. Air Asia also cancelled one flight from Bengaluru and one from New Delhi, said Airport Director of Visakhapatnam, K Srinivasa Rao.

A total of 17 flights have been cancelled so far this morning, including 6 from Visakhapatnam, 4 from Hyderabad, 2 from Hyderabad, 2 from Rajahmundry and 1 each from Bangalore, Jaipur and Kolkata, as per the Chennai Airport Authority.