Cyclone Hudhud: PM Modi reviews relief operations; Jharkhand too bears the brunt after AP, Odisha

Cyclone Hudhud ravaged coastal city Visakhapatnam.

New Delhi, Oct 13: The impact of cyclone Hudhud was witnessed in Jharkhand on Monday, as heavy rains accompanied by strong winds lashed several parts of the state damaging over 300 houses and injuring several persons.

According to reports, at least four persons were injured and around 80 houses damaged in Chaibasa and its surrounding areas. Gitilader village bore the brunt of the cyclone as 72 houses, mostly kuchcha ones, were damaged and their roof blown away as strong wind accompanied by heavy rains lashed the area last night, Chaibasa SDO Asim Kispota reportedly said.

He informed that four persons have also sustained injuries and they were taken to Sadar Hospital, adding that six houses in Kariasindri and four houses in Dara villages were also damaged.

Senior weather scientist of Birsa Agriculture University A Wadood said, “The cyclone which has moved to Chhattisgarh, is now moving north-easterly. This will more rains in Jharkhand in the next 24 hours.”

In Ramgarh district, 23 hutments at Koramba and Nawadih panchayats collapsed under the peripheral impact of Hudhud, Ramgarh Deputy Commissioner Abu Imran said.

Some people have taken shelter at a relief camp and relief materials were distributed to them, he said adding the Mines Rescue Station at Ramgarh was asked to remain alert.

A report from Hazaribagh said, more than 200 villagers of Chouparan block and Barhi sub-division were rendered homeless as their houses were damaged, Hazaribagh Deputy Commissioner Sunil Kumar said.

Stating that a few people suffered injuries due to wall collapse, the DC said directions were issued to pay compensation and distribute relief materials to the people affected by the rains.

Power supply was disrupted at several places in Hazaribagh following lightning strikes.

PM reviews relief operations after Cyclone Hudhud

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting immediately on return from Maharashtra on Monday evening, to review the status of relief and rescue operations in areas affected by Cyclone Hudhud. He will visit Vizag tomorrow for a first-hand assessment of the situation there, besides taking an aerial view of the affected parts of Odisha.

He was briefed on the extent of destruction, besides being given an overview of the status of relief operations and steps taken to ensure supply of essential commodities including food, drinking water and fuel.

The Defence Crisis Management Group has nominateding Indian Navy as the lead service for conduct of rescue and relief operations in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. The operation has been codenamed as OP LEHAR.

The officers and men of the naval base at Vishakhapatnam are working to get base back to its operational status at the earliest. Damage in the Naval Dockyard was minimised by the proactive and preventive measures undertaken by all concerned.

Trail of destruction Andhra, Odisha

The picturesque port town of Visakhapatnam is still reeling under the impact of havoc caused by the cyclonic storm Hudhud and is picking up pieces from a trail of destruction left behind by the calamity.

The cyclone made a landfall accompanied by gusty winds and heavy rains, and the city looks like a war-ravaged zone with uprooted trees, knocked down cell towers, transformers, and telephone poles lying strewn at several places.

In neighbouring Odisha, rescue teams were working to clear the debris on the roads. A state government report said Cyclone Hudhud damaged about 48,000 thatched houses, 600 electric poles, 24 transformers and 75 km of electric wires. The death toll remained static at three since Sunday.

(With Agency Inputs)

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