THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, APRIL 17:
Cyclone Maarutha made a landfall on West Myanmar's Rakhine coast last night, according to a forecast released by the Myanmar Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.
The cyclone swept the Thandwe township and weakened steadily due to interaction with the rugged terrain of the region, according to a Xinhua report.
It passed through capital Nay Pyi Taw, Sagaing, Mandalay, Magway, Bago, Ayerawaddy, Yangon, Rakhine, Shan and Kayah regions and states with a speed of 48- to 56 km/hr.
Heavy rain through the night was expected to have caused flash floods and landslides in the vulnerable areas along the coast and the hilly interiors.
'Maarutha' has weakened twice over into a deep depression and a depression over Myanmar and is expected to hold over the region on further for 12 hours before it fades out completely.
On its way, 'Maarutha' had triggered thundershowers over coastal Odisha, Vidarbha, South Interior Karnataka and Tamil Nadu from last night into this morning.
It is the first named tropical cyclone that hit the northern hemisphere during the summer even as sizzling heat it is building up over the whole of India.
'Severe heat wave' conditions prevailed over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and West Rajasthan yesterday.