news Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | October 12, 2014 | 9.21 am IST Cyclone Hudhud has hit the Visakhapatnam coast, and is likely to be “very severe” for around six hours, before its force reduces to “severe” for six hours after that. According to weather department officials, 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. Thousands of people in Andhra Pradesh 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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