New Delhi/Hyderabad, Oct 11: The Andhra Pradesh government is ready to evacuate as many as 4.56 lakh people from the coastal villages of east and west Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts by Saturday evening, as Cyclone Hudhud is currently on course to hit the Visakhapatnam coast by Sunday afternoon.
The Met office said the cyclonic storm, centered about 500km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam and 550km south-southeast of Gopalpur as of Friday evening, is moving west-northwestwards and will intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm by Saturday.
With a wind speed of 130-140kmph to 155kmph, the cyclone would cross north Andhra Pradesh coast near Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of October 12, the Met office said.
The Met office said the cyclone will generate squally wind touching a speed of 70kmph along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts from the morning of October 11 onwards.
The wind speed would gradually increase to 130-140kmph gusting to 155kmph from the morning of October 12 along and off north Andhra Pradesh and 80-90kmph along and off adjoining districts of south Andhra Pradesh (West Godavari and Krishna districts) and south Odisha (Ganjam,Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts), it further added.
The state government has identified 63 mandals in Srikakulam (11), Vizianagaram (7), Visakhapatnam (10), East Godavari (25) and West Godavari (11) as cyclone-prone.
According to Katta Hymavati, special commissioner, state disaster management, arrangements for the evacuation of 4.56 lakh people from 500 villages have been made.
Armed Forces in Standby for Cyclone Hudhud
Indian Armed Forces is fully geared up to face the likely effects of approaching cyclone ‘Hudhud’ slowly developing in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coast.
Army has kept Headquarters Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Karnataka and Kerala area and Sub Areas/Air Defence College in standby mode to undertake relief and rescue operations as and when required.
Indian Navy has also positioned its assets and personnel in some of the important areas of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh including Chilka and Vishakhapatnam, for possible relief and rescue operation, which will be coordinated by Naval Officer-in-Charge, Odhisa and Naval Officer-in-Charge Andhra Pradesh, respectively.
Indian Navy has kept 30 diving teams with Gemini Craft and associated equipment, 20 rescue teams, four ships with Disaster Bricks and medical stores, four helicopters and two fixed winged aircraft and a number of medical teams ready at Vishakhapatnam for undertaking rescue and relief operations.
Indian Air Force is also gearing itself up to undertake relief, rescue and rehabilitation operations as and when it is required. To bolster to the transport efforts, IAF has kept one IL-76, one C-17 and two AN-32 aircraft ready at Chandigarh, Delhi and Jorhat, respectively.
Keeping the rescue operations in mind it has kept in standby mode three Chetak at Hyderabad, two Medium Light Helicopter at Barrackpore and two Medium Light Helicopter at Nagpur and Ranchi.
Indian Coast Guard has also deployed 17 ships, two Air Cushion Vessels (ACVs) and 09 aircraft in Eastern and North-Eastern regions to augment the rescue and relief operations, wherever required. Out of 17 ships, six ships and five aircraft have been stationed at Chennai, six ships at Kakinada, three at Vishakhapatnam, four ships at Paradip and one ship, two ACVs and four aircraft at Haldia.
The movement of the cyclonic storm ‘Hudhud’ is continuously being monitored and the Armed Forces has been kept in the loop in this regard on regular basis.
(Goindianews Bureau/Agency Inputs)