news Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | October 12, 2014 | 3.25 pm IST Cyclone Hudhud has hit the eastern coast of India at Vishakapatnam and its effects are spread across Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Chhattisgarh, bringing heaving rainfall to parts of these states. Since it made landfall at Visakapatnam, its effects will be "very severe" for the first six hours, and gradually lose momentum over the next six hours to be "severe". We bring you some pictures from Visakapatnam: The heavy downpour accompanied by powerful winds with speeds reaching up to 185 kmph uprooted trees, felled electricity and communication towers and caused widespread destruction to crops. The districts of Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam are without electricity since Saturday night. Mobile telephones were not working in the region as communication network collapsed. With trees and poles falling on highways, the vehicular traffic came to a complete halt while railways cancelled all services in the region. The "very severe cyclonic storm" in the Bay of Bengal started crossing the coast around noon at Pudimadaka, about 50 km from this port city. The cyclone disrupted the functioning of the Visakhapatnam Cyclone Warning Centre here. The centre lost contact with the radar tracking the cyclone. The officials were relying on the navy radar for information. Two people were killed in Visakhapatnam while another died in Srikakulam district. Two deaths occurred due to falling trees and one due to a wall collapse. Chandrababu Naidu announced a compensation of Rs.5 lakh each to the families of those killed, Rs.1 lakh for critically injured and Rs.50,000 for other injured.

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