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HUDHUD TAKES INDIA BY STORM: 6 killed as cyclone tears into Visakhapatnam at 195kmph

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  • Oct 13, 2014, 10:09 AM IST
HUDHUD TAKES INDIA BY STORM: 6 killed as cyclone tears into Visakhapatnam at 195kmph
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Hyderabad/Vizag:Cyclone Hudhud hit India’s east coast with monstrous ferocity on Sunday, killing at least six people and leaving behind a trail of destruction in Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring Odisha.

Visakhapatnam which houses two million people and a major naval base was hammered as the cyclone made landfall at around 11.30am.

Winds at the speed of 195 kmph brought down power cables and steel towers besides uprooting trees and kutcha houses in the coastal districts.

Hudhud was likely to batter a 200-300 km stretch of coastline before losing force inland. Four districts in Andhra Pradesh that are home to more than 14 million people were likely to be worst hit, including about 350 coastal villages.

Out of the six deaths, three were reported from Andhra Pradesh and three from Odisha.
After ducking the devastating effects of the 2004 tsunami and the 1977 cyclone, the "City of Destiny" sadly had its date with disaster when a very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud tore through the city, unleashing widespread destruction and bringing the otherwise bustling city of nearly 20 lakh people to a grinding halt.

The cyclone, that made landfall in the Port City around noon, sent hoardings and tin roofs flying like saucers, shattered windows leaving the streets littered with glass shreds, toppled over statues of leaders in many places as well as landmarks like the replica of the navy airplane on RK Beach. Scores of electricity and telephone poles were knocked down and thousands of trees uprooted as strong gales accompanied by heavy rainfall lashed the city right from Sunday morning to evening.

Essential services were disrupted and people remained indoors to escape nature's fury.
With winds touching a speed of around 180-195kmph during landfall, waves as high as two to three metres surged along the Beach Road. 
 
The destruction started hours before the landfall forcing denizens to remain indoors. Many of them could not come out for hours. 

YK Reddy, director in charge, IMD Hyderabad, said: "Though Vizag does not witness too many cyclones, no topography can actually protect a place from cyclone. Even Vizag has only hills and hillocks, which can only protect it from a storm surge but not a cyclone with a height of roughly 10km. It may have been the local atmospheric conditions that attracted the cyclone towards Vizag."

With the discom Eastern Power Distribution Corporation of AP Ltd switching off power in the wee hours of Sunday as a precautionary measure, the city was plunged into darkness and by afternoon telecom links snapped as networks crashed and landline and cell phones blipped off.

All flights in and out of Vizag were suspended on Sunday due to the hostile weather conditions that reduced visibility to near zero and destroyed the innards of the airport. Several trains passing through the city too were cancelled and road transport too came to a grinding halt as the National Highway-16 connecting Chennai to Kolkata and passing through the Port City was shut down from Saturday evening and people were advised not to venture out.

Operations at the crucial Eastern Naval Command were hit, with damage to the naval base, naval air base INS Dega and residential quarters at Dolphin Nose hill. According to naval officials, 12 ships were on stand-by for evacuation and relief operations.
 
Operations at ports like Visakhapatnam Port, Gangavaram Port and PSUs like Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd and Hindustan Shipyard Ltd too were suspended and property in these places damaged by the ravaging storm.
 
 
 
Helpline Numbers
 
New Delhi- 011- 23093563, 23093566
Odisha - 1948
Andhra Pradesh -1949
 
Helpline Numbers issues by East Coast Railways
 
Visakhapatnam: 0891-2842415, 08978080999
Cuttack: 06712510131
Puri: 06752226717
Bhubaneswar: 0674-2532233
Control Room: 0674-2303110, 08455885999
 
 
Image Courtesy: PTI
Tidal waves hit Vizag beach as cyclone Hudhud reaches the port city of Visakhapatnam on Saturday

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High waves lash the Ramakrishna beach in Visakhapatnam in the wake of Cyclone Hudhud

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