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‘Hudhud’ cyclone nears Andhra and Odisha coasts


CycloneNew Delhi: Heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in the next 48 hours in parts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha as ‘Hudhud’, which has developed into a very severe cyclone, nears Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur.

A Indian Meteorological Department bulletin said here that the cyclone moved west-northwestwards during past six hours and lay centred about 260 km southeast of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and 350 km south-southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha.

“The system would move northwestwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of October 12,” it said.

Under the influence of the cyclonic system, heavy to very heavy rainfall would take place over west and east Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Kalahandi, Phulbani districts ofsouth Odisha during next 48 hours.

The warning said squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would prevail  along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts during next 12 hours.

“The wind speed would gradually increase to 170-180 kmph gusting to 195 kmph around the time of landfall along and off north Andhra Pradesh (East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts) and 80-90 kmph along and off adjoining districts of south Andhra Pradesh (Wes Godavari, Krishna districts) and south Odisha (Ganjam,Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts).

Sea condition along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts would be rough to very rough during next 12hours.

Meanwhile, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) met again today under the Chairmanship of  Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth and reviewed the preparedness for relief and rescue operations in the wake of the cyclonic storm. An official statement said all the central agencies are fully geared up to provide necessary assistance to the affected states in case of any eventualities arising out of the landfall of the cyclone expected tomorrow.

A total of 39 NDRF teams comprising more than 1680 rescuers along with 199 inflatable rubber boats and other life saving equipment have been deployed in various parts of Andhra and Odisha to meet any challenges arising due to the cyclonic storm.

IAF helicopters are also on standby to meet any emergent situation, it said.


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