Cyclone Hudhud to hit Andhra, Odisha coasts at 170-180 kmph, lakhs evacuated
BHUBANESHWAR: With Cyclone ‘Hudhud’ expected to hit
the Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts by Sunday, state authorities on Saturday
shifted tens of thousands of people in vulnerable areas to safer places.
The cyclone is expected to make a landfall near
Visakhapatnam by Sunday afternoon, a senior official said, adding, about 1.11
lakh people in five coastal districts have been shifted to safer places.
The Andhra government has made arrangements to
evacuate 5,14,725 people in all, officials said, while the Army and the Navy
have kept their personnel on stand-by for rescue and relief operations.
According to reports received by the state Disaster
Management Commissioner AR Sukumar, 35,000 persons have been evacuated in
Srikakulam district, 6,000 in Vizianagaram, 15,000 in Visakhapatnam, 50,000 in
East Godavari and 5,000 in the West Godavari district.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has been reviewing
the situation with top officials have requested ISRO to provide satellite
images of Hudhud’s course.
In all, 436 villages across 64 mandals in the five
districts have been identified as exposed to the threat of cyclone. The
government has identified 370 relief camps for the evacuated people in these
In Odisha, the state government on Saturday began
evacuating people from vulnerable areas to minimise casualties even as two
flights and 39 trains on the route were cancelled.
“The collectors of eight districts – Koraput,
Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Rayagada, Gajapati, Ganjam, Kalahandi and Kandhamal
have been on the job to shift people from vulnerable areas to safe places,”
Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Mohapatra said.
Rains have been reported from some areas, mostly in
the southern region but there was no report of any major damage so far, sources
in the SRC said.
In Delhi, an Indian Meteorological Department bulletin
said heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in the next 48 hours in parts of
Andhra Pradesh and Odisha as ‘Hudhud’, which has developed into a very severe
cyclone, nears Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur.
It said the cyclone moved west-north-westwards during
past six hours and lay centred about 260 km southeast of Visakhapatnam in
Andhra Pradesh and 350 km south-southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha.
“The system would move north-westwards and cross north
Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of October 12,” it
Under the influence of the cyclonic system, heavy to
very heavy rainfall would take place over west and east Godavari,
Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh
and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Kalahandi,
Phulbani districts of south Odisha during next 48 hours, IMD said.
The warning said squally wind speed reaching 50-60
kmph gusting to 70 kmph would prevail along and off north Andhra Pradesh and
south Odisha coasts during next 12 hours.
“The wind speed would gradually increase to 170-180
kmph gusting to 195 kmph around the time of landfall along and off north Andhra
Pradesh (East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts)
and 80-90 kmph along and off adjoining districts of south Andhra Pradesh (West
Godavari, Krishna districts) and south Odisha (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and
Sea condition along and off north Andhra Pradesh and
south Odisha coasts would be rough to very rough during next 12 hours.