news Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | October 12, 2014 | 9.21 am IST After cyclone Hudhud hits the Visakhapatnam coast around noon, the weather department says the storm will be “very severe” for around six hours, before its force reduces to “severe” for six hours after that.  Once it makes landfall at Visakapatnam, it will move over the southern districts of Odisha and Chhatttisgarh, bringing rainfall to south Chhattisgarh, south Odisha, and Telangana. During the first six hours, windspeeds are likely to be around 100-120 kmph hour, reducing in intensity to around 80-90 km in the next six hours. Nearly four lakh people in Andhra Pradesh alone have been evacuated to relief camps as Cyclone Hudhud approaches.  The cyclone which originated as a depression in the Bay of Bengal near the Andaman and Nicobar islands, is around 74-km south-west of Gopalpur town. Officials say that the southern districts of the state Ganjam, Gajapati, Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada have already begun to receive heavy rain. Around 5,000 personnel of the National Disaster Response Force have been placed on high alert across five states – Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar. Six rescue teams have been deployed in Andhra Pradesh and nine in Odisha, along with 162 boats, and 54 deep diving sets.  Although Hudhud has been declared “very severe” for the first six hours, it severity is said to be less than that of Phailin which hit last year.

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