Severe Cyclone: 8 Die in Andhra, Odisha; Hudhud Moves to Chhattisgarh

The severe cyclonic storm Hudhud hit Andhra Pradesh leaving six people dead and causing widespread destruction in the states with heavy rains and wind. While restoration works are underway, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu’s cabinet is expected to be in Visakhapatnam on Monday.

According to the latest bulletin of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the severe storm is moving inland and over south Chhattisgarh. IMD has issued warning for the people regarding the storm, “Rainfall would occur at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over Chhattisgarh and adjoining east Madhya Pradesh and interior Odisha during next 24 hrs and over East Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand & Bihar during next 48 hrs.”

The report stated that the cyclone is likely to move north-north westwards and weaken gradually. In the next 12 hours, with squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph is expected to be accompanied with heavy rainfall that would prevail upto 100 km around system centre, which includes areas of south Chhattisgarh & adjoining southwest Odisha.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed rescue and relief operations in Odisha. He said, “We are constantly monitoring the situation and taking all possible precautions.”

However, the report by IMD on Sunday stated that Hudhud lost its intensity by evening and its speed was limited to 100-110 kmph and converted from a very severe cyclonic storm to severe storm. On Monday afternoon, the wind speed is likely to decrease to 60kmph.

As per reports, the National Crisis Management Committee met Sunday to review the situation. An official statement said, “According to preliminary assessment, the communication services and power and electricity have been considerably damaged in the affected districts.”

Six people are reportedly killed in the falling trees and walls. Over four lakh people had been evacuated from the cyclone-affected regions of the two states to safer places, which minimised the damage of life.

According to reports, during landfall, winds touching a speed of 180-195kmph and waves as high as two to three metres swept along the Beach Road in the city.

Railway lines in Visakhapatnam are reportedly collapsed. In view of the situation, the Railways had cancelled 58 trains and diverted 50 trains on the Vizag route.

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