New Delhi, Oct 13: The very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud after pounding coastlines in Andra Pradesh and Odisha is now weakening. The cyclone claimed eight lives in these two state where nearly 4 lakh people have been evacuated from the coastal districts.
The cyclone, which has now been converted from a very severe cyclonic storm to a severe storm, has reduced from over 200 kilometre per hour to about 100 kilometre per hour now.
The high velocity winds battered Visakhapatnam, which is home to a Naval base, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and East Godavari districts throwing normal life out of gear after the cyclone made landfall shortly before noon downing power and communication lines and closing roads and railways. The port city of Vishakapatnam is without power supply since Sunday night and communication systems have collapsed at many places.
The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) on Sunday reviewed the situation of the districts affected by the Cyclone Hudhud in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha after the storm made its landfall.
Under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, the committee found that according to preliminary assessment, the cyclone has left six people dead, and communication services and electricity have been considerably damaged in the affected districts.
Meanwhile, the Centre has kept its all agencies on full alert to provide necessary assistance to the states.
According to reports, the Eastern Naval Command had been put on high alert to provide any assistance towards rescue and relief of affected persons. Towards this end the preparations made included readying ships, aircraft and diving teams. Indian Naval Ships Ranjit, Shivalik, Shakti and Airavat are ready to sail with relief material for 5000 personnel embarked onboard the ships.
Besides, four more ships were reportedly kept ready for sailing at short notice for relief operations as required. Two Dornier fixed wing aircraft and six helicopters are also ready for deployment and one Long range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft (P 8I) has also kept standby for carrying out damage assessment once the cyclone passes and wind speeds reduce.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Uttar Pradesh on Sunday predicted that Cyclone Hudhud will even affect the far-away regions of the Eastern parts of the state.
“The cyclone will also affect parts of UP. The effects will predominantly be seen on October 13 and 14 in the eastern parts of the state and will be of heavy to severely heavy rainfall,” Director IMD UP JP Gupta reportedly said, adding “The districts which are likely to be affected include Varanasi, Allahabad, Pratapgarh, Sultahnpur, Azamgarh, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Gorakhpur, among others.”
(With Agency Inputs)