Cyclone ‘Hudhud’ to Hit Andhra Pradesh, Odisha; Helpline Numbers Activated

helplineThe severe cyclonic storm Hudhud is expected to hit in the coasts of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh within 24 hours. As Hudhud may slam the coasts, rescue teams have been deployed by Odisha government at vulnerable areas on Friday.

The latest bulletin issued by Indian Meteorological Department said, “The system would move west-northwestwards, intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours. Thereafter, it would cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of 12th October 2014.”

Odisha’s Special Relief Commissioner P K Mohapatra said, “At least 25 teams, 15 of NDRF and 10 ODRF, have been deployed at vulnerable areas keeping an eye on the cyclone and heavy rainfall.”

Meanwhile, the district collectors are asked to evacuate people to safer places, especially from Malkangiri district, as the district is said to be in focus. Hudhud is likely to cross Malkangiri district. Mohapatra said, “We have asked the collectors that no one should remain inside ‘kutcha houses’ in Malkangiri district. All the people living in ‘kutcha’ houses need to be evacuated to safe place.” Other districts which are expected to hit by the cyclone are Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Nayagarh, Gajapti and Ganjam.

Regarding the report of IMD, which on Friday stated that from heavy to very heavy rainfall accompanied by squalling wind would slam the coastal districts of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, service of 38 trains has been cancelled on Sunday by the Railway seeking the safety of passengers.

While 11 teams of NDRF have been deployed in coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh, 11 Indian Navy is also all set to assist to render services in the cyclone-hit expected areas.

According to reports, IMD chief Laxman Singh Rathore said that the very severe Cyclonic Storm HudHud over westcentral and adjoining eastcentral Bay moved west-northwestwards and lay centered over westcentral Bay about 470 km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam and 520 km south-southeast of Gopalpur (in Odisha). “It will cross the coast at the speed of 155 kmph near Visakhapatnam,” he added.

IMD reports said the wind speed would increase along and off Odisha coast from today, October 11 evening. It also stated, “The coastal areas will see winds blowing 50-60 kmph from tomorrow and it will further itensify further as the cyclone approaches.”

However, all the districts have been reportedly provided with satellite phones for emergency. Mohapatra said that as heavy rain is expected in southern districts, a close observation is being maintained on the rivers like Bansadhara, Rusikulya and Nagabali.

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