Relief works begin in Andhra, Odisha as Cyclone Hudhud weakens; PM Modi to visit Visakhapatnam tomorrow

Cyclone Hudhud weakens

New Delhi, Oct 13: As the cyclone Hudhud after pounding the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha has weakened, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he would visit Visakhapatnam on Tuesday to take stock of the situation.

According to reports, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu would also be present in the coastal distric when the PM arrive there.

The Visakhapatnam airport is closed as it bore the brunt the cyclone fury on Sunday. Out on the streets of this bustling city are fallen trees, banners ripped out, broken statues of leaders and many telephone and electricity poles. The railway line is also badly damaged.

The Indian Navy reportedly said that both runways at its Vizag air station, INS Dega, will be fit for flying by Monday afternoon.

Latest weather bulletin has reportedly said the cyclone Hudhud lay centred very close to south Chhattisgarh and adjoining southwest Odisha. 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, the IMD said on Sunday night.

Heavy downpour was reported from the eastern parts of Andhra and southern districts of Odisha. Similar weather conditions were predicted for eastern Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh.

More than four lakh people were evacuated in the two states minimised damage to life, but rain still remains a big worry.

Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu’s cabinet is expected to arrive Visakhapatnam today as the government focuses on bringing life back to normal in the districts of Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram.

Naidu after chairing a high-level review meeting on Sunday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare the cyclone as a national calamity and requested an immediate relief of Rs.2,000 crore.

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

Around 2.33 lakh people were evacuated from vulnerable areas to safe places in ten districts of Odish though the intensity of the cyclone was not very fierce, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Mohapatra said.

The met office forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall at one or two places in districts of North Odisha during next 12 and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places in districts of North Odisha in subsequent 24 hours.

(With Agency Inputs)

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