7.48 pm: Vizag airports to resume operations partially on 18 October
Operations at the Vizag airport are expected to be partially restored on 18 October, an official told PTI.
Restoration work at the airport, which was in shambles after the cyclone damaged the passenger terminals and blew off rooftops, is going on in full swing, a civil aviation ministry official said.
The loss to airport infrastructure alone has been pegged at Rs 75 crore to Rs 80 crore, he said.
5.11 pm: Fishermen lose large number of boats in cyclone
Tens of thousands of people dependent on fishing and related activities in Visakhapatnam were devastated as a large number of boats are either damaged or sunk after cyclone Hudhud struck.
"As many as 50,000 people who are dependent on fishing and related activities are now looking at uncertainty as about 400 boats have been damaged in the cyclone fury and 72 sunk without a trace," Andhra Pradesh Mechanised Fishing Boat Operators Association president PC Appa Rao told PTI.
"We request the government to give us new boats or bear the cost to repair damages. Each boat costs anywhere between Rs 20 lakh and Rs 25 lakh," he said.
4.18 pm: Death toll rises to 26
The death toll rose to 26 with the report of one more death in Andhra Pradesh.
On the other hand, India's first indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant and other "critical assets" in the Bay of Bengal are safe.
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) spokesman Ravi Gupta said that "adequate precautions had been taken to secure INS Arihant and other critical assets off Visakhapatnam and elsewhere on India's eastern seaboard well before Hudhud's landfall on Sunday."
4.02 pm: Corporates, temple trusts join relief work
Corporates and temple trusts of the East Godavari district are assisting in relief works in the aftermath of cyclone Hudhud hitting the Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
East Godavari district collector Neetu Prasad said that corporates and temples trusts of the district have come forward and have contributed materials like food packets and drinking water for victims in Visakhapatnam district.
Bhimavaram MP Seetaramalakshi has contributed Rs 25 lakh and two months salary for the relief work.
The TDP MP from (Bhimavaram) Seetaramalakshmi told PTI that she has contributed Rs 25 lakh and two-month salary for the victims and will extend all help in the relief work. Seetaramalakshmi said that she had also met PM Narender Modi yesterday.
Sarvaraya Sugar Ltd, Coca-cola Bottle unit, Vemagiri of Rajahmundry has handed over 5,000 food packets and 7,500 drinking water bottles to East Godavari district collector.
3.25 pm: Three districts in Odisha restart public transport system
Public transport system has resumed in Koraput, Malkangiri and Rayagada districts of Odisha.
"All our buses, including night expresses, have started plying on their regular routes from Tuesday as roads have been cleared. Our bus services to Andhra Pradesh have also resumed," district transport manager of OSRTC (Jeypore) Rajendra Pujari told PTI.
3.12 pm: Andhra govt launches website to collect data on damages by Hudhud
The Andhra Pradesh government has launched a web portal to collate and analyse data on the damages caused by Hudhud.
The portal www.hudhud.ap.gov.in will facilitate collation and analysis of damages and it will be used by all government departments, government officials said. The portal connects to the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) website on #HudhudAP, they said.
"People can send pictures for the web portal through Whatsapp to these numbers: 7893699024, 8978208690, 8978213563, 9618536805," an official release said.
The social media team of AP government has contacted the Visakhapatnam district Collector for delivering the relief material.
2.15 pm: Naidu says losses could up to Rs 70,000 crores
Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu said the financial loss caused by Hudhud is yet to be calculated, even as initial estimates indicate that it can go up to Rs 70,000 crores, reported PTI.
"It is very difficult to assess the damage and loss caused by the cyclone. We are still getting reports whether it (total losses in all cyclone-hit districts) is Rs 60,000 crore or Rs 70,000 crore. We cannot come to a figure now. Our immediate priority is to conduct rescue and relief operations in the cyclone-hit areas," Naidu said.
Naidu also said that the situation in north coastal districts is still grim and all efforts are being made to bring back normalcy as far as power supply is concerned.
12.53 pm: 18 people killed in UP due to heavy rains
In the aftermath of cyclone Hudhud, heavy rains in Uttar Pradesh killed 18 people.
According to this report in India Today, heavy rains since Tuesday in Lucknow broke all records and Tuesday witnessed the maximum rain in a day in October ever.
However, JP Gupta, regional Met director, told IANS that within the next two days, the rains would stop as the effect of Hudhud would slow down.
15, Oct. 10:30 am: Telugu group announces $100,000 for cyclone relief efforts
The Telugu Association of North America (TANA), the largest Telugu organisation outside India, will contribute USD 100,000 for relief efforts for the victims of the cyclone Hudhud that has wrecked havoc in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
TANA President Mohan Nannapaneni expressed concern over the loss of lives and damage caused by the cyclone and said
the organisation intends to help with rescue and rehabilitation, immediate relief for displaced and effected people and assist with long term rebuilding measures.
Given that Andhra Pradesh has recently started building the infrastructure for a capital, Nannapaneni said the catastrophe has dealt a severe blow to various developmental activities in the state.
TANA officials said that following an initial contribution of USD 100,000, they will try to raise more funds for the relief efforts.
10.00 am: Vishakhapatnam limps back to normalcy
The port city of Visakhapatnam was on Wednesday limping back to normalcy with restoration of essential supplies and public transportation services, three days after it was battered by Cyclone Hudhud.
The residents of Visakhapatnam have been reeling under a crisis as electricity and daily need items like milk were not available and communication network had virtually collapsed due to the devastation caused by the cyclone which struck on Sunday.
End of updates for 14 October
8:35 pm: Relief camps opened for cyclone victims in Jharkhand
Several relief camps have been set up in two blocks of Hazaribagh district to provide food and medicines to the people who lost their homes following the cyclonic storm that hit the areas.
"We have opened several relief camps at Chouparan and Katkumsandi blocks to distribute food, medicines, clothes and blankets to the affected people," Deputy Commissioner Sunil Kumar said here.
A total of 258 houses were damaged in three villages of Chouparan and 35 in Katkumsandi blocks, he said, adding all the affected people were given shelter in schools and Anganvadi centres.
The administration has begun a detailed survey to assess the losses incurred due to storm, he said. -PTI
8.05 pm: Congress MP wants Hudhud to be declared a national calamity, demands Rs 2000 crore-aid
Congress Rajya Sabha MP T Subbarami Reddy demanded that Hudhud be declared a "national calamity" and sought central assistance of Rs 2,000 crore for Andhra Pradesh, reported PTI.
"Declare the devastation caused by Hudhud as a national calamity and involve National Disaster Management to immediately take necessary relief measures," he told the PM in his letter.
"A lump sum ad hoc assistance of Rs 2,000 crore should be given to provide immediate relief to cyclone victims and restore services and bring life to normalcy," Reddy said in the letter.
7.22 pm: Andhra power utilities working to restore electricity by tonight
Andhra Pradesh power utilities are expecting to partially restore supply of electricity in the Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts by tonight.
"All efforts are being made to provide power supply by midnight today in parts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam," an Energy department official said, according to PTI.
"We are expecting by midnight power supply be restored to some parts in these three districts," he said.
6.43 pm: Andhra CM unhappy with low efficiency of relief efforts
Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu expressed anger over different agencies for not being quick enough to provide assistance in the aftermath of cyclone Hudhud hitting the state.
Naidu said everyone must get their act right to provide expeditious relief, reported PTI. "I am a bit harsh with the agencies here. I told telephones (service providers) also...It should come by evening. Not just coming, their behaviour is also not good. I have given a warning. For that matter, I have given a warning to all. I have gone to the extent, none should misunderstand me, if anyone does not come for my meeting, I said we will send police. That is the order I have given," he said.
"It is a question of service. People are in trouble. People are in distress. It is our duty to do our best. It is not done if it is said that we will be keen on earning profits or we will give advertisements and we will not do any service. All should come. We will be having a meeting in the evening at nine," he added.
"I have made all efforts that I could do. I am sorry to say this. I did not expect that the (telecom) operators would be so negligent. I got some reports, I am thinking of writing to their managements. Before cyclone, I called everybody in Hyderabad," Naidu said, adding, that companies should have taken all precautions.
He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited the city today, was very much concerned about the damages caused by the cyclone.
"The PM is very much concerned. Cabinet Secretary held review for at least seven-eight times. I worked as CM for long. But this is probably first time in the history. But no action at the lower level," he said.
6.22 pm: Hudhud victims lathicharged, cyclone death toll at 22
Cyclone Hudhud victims were lathicharged in Visakhapatnam by police as there was a rush to the supplies of relief material in the city.
Cost of petrol in the city is at Rs 100 per litre and long queues outside petrol pumps are a common sight, according to reports.
Essential goods were in short supply as arterial roads were impassable and bus, train and flights were suspended. Moreover, the death toll rose to 22, according to AFP.
“We feel we’re travelling back in time, so many commodities we take for granted are lost now—it will take some time to recover,” a woman told CNN-IBN.
On the other hand, Congress leader Abishek Manu Singhvi said in a tweet, "Hudhud, this nice Sufi name, changed vizag's face so much that even its denizens cannot recognise it." Singhvi posted two more tweets on Twitter on Hudhud.
Hudhud, this nice Sufi name, changed vizag's face so much that even its denizens cannot recognise it.
— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) October 14, 2014
The Visag of yesterday is completely different from the Vizag of today. Residents can hardly recognize their own city after #hudhud
— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) October 14, 2014
every calamity & tragedy hides the seeds of rejuvenation, reinvention & reform. Vizag can be constructively rebuilt as an aesthetic city
— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) October 14, 2014
4.41 pm: Food Minister says Centre ready to supply foodgrains to affected areas
Amidst shortage of essential food items in the cyclone-hit Andhra Pradesh, the Centre on Tuesday said it is ready to supply foodgrains to the affected region.
"We are ready to provide all kind of support to the cyclone-affected areas. We have foodgrains stock. We are ready to supply foodgrains immediately if the state government demands," Food Minister Paswan said on the sidelines of an event in New Delhi, according to PTI.
When asked about the steps the government is taking to stop hoarders who are creating artificial scarcity of essential commodities in the cyclone-hit region, Paswan said: "Under the Food Ministry, all possible action will be taken."
After the devastation caused by Cyclone Hudhud, Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh has been hit by shortage of essential food items with people scrambling for milk, drinking water, vegetables and petrol even as the power supply is yet to be restored.
4.10 pm: Fall out of cyclone causes rain in Bihar, Rajasthan
Patna and rest of Bihar experienced light to moderate rainfall as impact of Hudhud cyclone, Director State Meteorology department R K Giri told PTI.
The weather situation would continue like this till tomorrow and some districts in North and Northwest of the state like Champaran, Muzaffarpur and Siwan could witness heavy rainfall tomorrow, Giri said.
The state MeT department director said that wind blew in the state at an average speed of 20-25 km per hour. According to weather office, Patna recorded 2.3 mm of rain in the last 24 hours till 8 am in the morning.
The fall out of the cyclone also caused unusual rains in Rajasthan, causing the night temperature to dip by one to three degrees in areas across the state, the MET department has said.
Squall accompanied by drizzles to light rains occurred in north of Rajasthan specially in Hanumangarh, Churu, Alwar, Bharatpur and Kota district since last night, the MeT official BN Vishnoi said.
Bundi recorded a maximum rainfall of 39 mm, while walled city Jaipur recorded 2 mm, he said adding, drizzles and rains were experienced at many places in the state.
3.31 pm: Modi announces interim aid of Rs 1000 crores
Lauding the Andhra Pradesh government and the Centre for providing relief measures in the wake of Cyclone Hudhud, PM Narendra Modi announced Rs 1000 crore-aid for the cyclone affected areas in Andhra Pradesh by the Centre.
"Interim aid of Rs 1000 crores will be given to the cyclone-affected areas by the Centre," said the Prime Minister. Modi further said that aid of Rs 2 lakh will be given to kin of deceased and Rs 50,000 will given to the injured.
"Andhra government and the Centre have worked with perfect co-ordination during the last five days," said Modi. "Technology used by IMD saved many lives," he added. Modi further assured that the centre and Andhra Pradesh government would do everything in their power for further assistance.
He told reporters that the central government will send a team for a detailed survey of the losses, according to IANS.
"Fifteen days ago I was excited over my dream to make it a smart city. Suddenly this crisis has come. I am confident we will overcome this crisis," he said.
He praised the weather department for using latest technology to issue advance warning and in making correct predictions with regard to velocity, direction and timing of the cyclone.
Modi said for five days both the central and Andhra governments worked in perfect coordination which helped to minimize the loss of lives.
"This proves that when the centre and state work shoulder to shoulder and in the right direction, they can overcome challenges however big they may be," he said.
Modi said farmers also suffered huge losses as their crops were destroyed. Noting losses to public property, he told insurance companies to send officials to Visakhapatnam and sympathetically process the claims at the earliest.
2.15 pm: Naidu says damage due to cyclone cost thousands of crores
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said Cyclone Hudhud caused damage worth thousands of crores in Visakhapatnam and other storm-hit areas of the coast.
Eastern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh Limited alone is estimated to have suffered a loss of Rs 40,000 crore.
About 16,000 electric poles were knocked down by cyclone fury that also left around 6,000 transformers damaged. Damages to Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (Vizag steel plant) were estimated at Rs 1,000 crore, Indian Navy Rs 2,000 crore, Andhra University Rs 300 crore and Vizag airport Rs 500 crore, Naidu said.
"It's a huge loss. It's a loss that we could not expect. I will explain to the Prime Minister today. It is not an ordinary loss. Roughly, Navy suffered about Rs 2,000 crores. I am thinking whether we can give a representation to PM or not. Because, if I give a low estimate then you may say that a low estimate is given," Naidu said.
"We are procuring tankers from East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur districts. By evening, all would be able to take bath," he added.
"Some people are selling essential items at high prices. It is not fair to try to exploit the situation. We have taken a decision to provide packages of food items in all cyclone-hit areas," he said.
1.49 pm: Modi arrives at Vizag airport
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Visakhapatnam to inspect the cyclone-hit areas and assess the situation.
Modi landed at the Vizag airport and was accompanied by Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu and Minister of Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu.
12.54 pm: Visakhapatnam scrambles for drinking water, essential commodities
After the devastation caused by Cyclone Hudhud, the port city of Visakhapatnam has been hit by shortage of essential commodities with people scrambling for milk, drinking water, vegetables and petrol even as power supply remains to be restored.
Some residents complained that they are not getting drinking water and milk. Serpentine queues were seen at petrol stations, where people have milled around for refill. A resident pleaded with folded hands: "For people of Visakhapatnam, please give drinking water and other essential commodities. I have not seen such a worst situation in my life."
"The drinking water and milk costing Rs 20 (each) are being sold for Rs 50 as black-marketeers are having a field day," an angry resident said. Visakhapatnam, a picture of destruction since the day it was hit by the cyclone that claimed 15 lives in the district, has been struggling to return to normalcy, though streets strewn with uprooted trees and branches, electric poles, cables and other rubble have been cleared to a large extent.
The Visakhapatnam airport has been damaged with passenger terminals ravaged and the roof blown away. The fishing harbour here also bore the brunt of the cyclone fury with scores of boats getting sunk and damaged, officials said.
Asked about the complaints of shortage of essential commodities in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu termed it as an "artificial scarcity". "By the evening, I want to bring normalcy. By Wednesday morning, everybody should have all essential commodities, including milk, water, everything," he told reporters in Visakhapatnam.
12.15 pm: Modi, Patnaik to undertake aerial survey of Odisha
Prime Minister Modi, who is scheduled to visit Visakhapatnam for a first hand assessment of the situation in Andhra Pradesh, is also slated to make an aerial survey over southern Odisha districts hit by the cyclone.
The Odisha chief minister is also slated to conduct an aerial survey of the Hudhud-affected areas of the state during the day, sources in the chief minister's office said today.
Patnaik will fly over the five districts of Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Nabarangpur and Gajapati. The chief minister is also scheduled to hold a review meeting at Koraput to take stock of the situation today, sources said.
08.50 am: PM Modi to undertake aerial survey today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Visakhapatnam today to review the situation in the aftermath of cyclone Hudhud that has claimed 21 lives and left a trail of destruction in coastal Andhra Pradesh.
The Prime Minister will visit Visakhapatnam and undertake an aerial survey of the city in the afternoon, according to Parakala Prabhakar, Advisor (Communications) to the Andhra Pradesh government.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is already camping in the port city to oversee the relief operations, is expected to brief the Prime Minister on the massive damage caused by the cyclone.
08.20 am: Heavy rain lashes Chhattisgarh over last 24 hours
Cyclone Hudhud's effect resulted in continuous rains in Chhattisgarh as average rainfall of over 27 mm was recorded in the state during the last 24 hours.
As per reports of rainfall collected from the district headquarters, average rainfall of 27.5mm has been recorded in the state since Sunday, a Revenue and Disaster Management Department official said.
The average rainfall this year from June 1 to October 13 has been recorded to be 1142.9mm, the official said. - PTI
Updates for 13 October end
18. 25 pm: Death toll rises to 21 in Andhra Pradesh
Special Commissioner, State Disaster Management Authority, K Hymavath told PTI that the death toll in cyclone-related incidents has gone up to 21 in Andhra Pradesh.
YSR Congress Party President YS Jagan Mohan Reddy would tour the cyclone-ravaged areas of north coastal Andhra Pradesh from tomorrow and oversee the relief and rehabilitation works.
Owing to the natural calamity, the Opposition party has also postponed its 16 October state-wide protest programme over delay in implementation of waiver of farm loans. "YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will leave for Rajahmundry and reach Vizag in whatever mode of transport that is available and tour the battered Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, and Srikakulam districts.
"He will stay put there to oversee the relief and rehabilitation works, meet the affected families and help them get faster relief," senior YSRC leader Dharmana Prasada Rao told reporters here.
17. 45 pm: Chandrababu Naidu conducts aerial survey of affected areas
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Monday conducted an aerial survey to get first hand detail of the devastation caused by cyclonic storm 'Hudhud', while three more senior IPS officers were deputed to oversee relief and rescue operations in the affected areas. Deputy Chief Minister N Chinna Rajappa, Finance Minister Y Ramakrishnudu and others accompanied Naidu.
The Chief Minister, who has decided to camp in this port city to oversee the relief operations, reviewed the situation today. He left for Visakhapatnam from Hyderabad last evening, hours after the "very severe" cyclonic storm hit the city, leaving behind a trail of devastation.
Naidu has asked his Cabinet colleagues and senior bureaucrats to rush to Visakhapatnam for providing expeditious relief to the victims of the cyclone. According to the Disaster Management Department, six persons, including a baby, were killed in different rain- related incidents in the cyclone-hit districts of Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram. Parakala Prabhakar, Advisor (Communications) to Andhra Government, told reporters in Hyderabad that about five lakh people, evacuated from vulnerable places, are being provided shelter and food in relief camps.
15.50 pm: Karnataka govt to assist Andhra in restoring power supply
Karnataka government has agreed to assist neighbouring Andhra Pradesh to restore electricity supply in the parts damaged by Hudhud, according to PTI.
An official release said that the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu spoke to his counterpart in Karnataka Siddaramaiah and sought the state's assistance. Immediately responding to the request, Siddaramaiah agreed to send engineers and technical staff from Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation and other power supply companies to Andhra Pradesh.
2.50 pm: 48,000 houses damaged in Odisha
Around 48,000 houses, 24 transformers and 600 electric poles have been damaged in Odisha due to the cyclone Hudhud, said IANS.
"I had a meeting about the damage being done to infrastructure in the cyclone-hit districts. Houses were damaged in southern districts, power lines are badly affected in Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur and Malkangiri districts," Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik said.
Patnaik added that power restoration work is going on and 90 percent of the work will be completed by Monday evening.
Special Relief Commissioner Pradipta Mohapatra said while about 25,000 houses have been damaged in Koraput, 15,000 have been damaged in Gajapati, 7,000 in Rayagada and 1,000 in Malkangiri.
2.44 pm: Tamil Nadu CM announces Rs 5 crore-aid for Andhra Pradesh
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam announced Rs 5 crore financial assistance to Andhra Pradesh in the wake of the damage caused by cyclone Hudhud.
He said on the request of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to set right the power distribution infrastructure, equipment like poles and transformers will be supplied to the state.
Panneerselvam said a team will also be sent to Andhra Pradesh to clear the roads.
1.14 pm: Vizag airport reopens, power and communication still not restored
As Hudhud was scaled down from a very severe storm to a severe storm, the Vizag Airport was reopened after it had been closed down earlier due to damage by the cyclone, according to CNN-IBN.
However, power and communication lines down in Andhra Pradesh were still down. Hundreds of electricity poles and towers were damaged across Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam districts, which bore the brunt of the cyclone, reported IANS.
With the collapse of communication network, mobile phones went on the blink while Internet service was snapped. None of the telecom service providers could restore the services for the second day.
With no television, mobile phone and internet, Vizag was almost cut-off from rest of the world. People relied on radio sets to keep themselves updated about weather conditions.
Moreover, there was heavy rain forecasted for Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
The navy has now launched P8L Poseidon Recon Planes for rescue operations and the Crisis Management Committee will meet soon to assess the situation.
12.36 pm: Railways announces special trains for relief and rescue
Ministry of Railways announced that it will launch night-long assessment and repair operations in cyclone-affected areas.
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) October 12, 2014
The Bhubaneswar-Mumbai CSTM Konark Express will run on its scheduled time via Brahmapur, Palasa, Vizianagaram, Raipur, though without stopping at Visakhapatnam.
To establish and improve rail connectivity with Visakhapatanam, the Railway Ministry said that a passenger special train will run between Bhubaneswar & Visakhapatanam, leaving Bhubaneswar at 2pm today. It will have stoppages at all stations between Palasa & Visakhapatnam.
The ministry also released helpline numbers for various regions. The numbers are 0877-2225810 and 9676903528 for Tirupati, 0863-2222014 for Guntur, 0884-232882 for Samalkot, 0884-2374227 for Kakinada, 0883-2420541,2420543 and 2420780 for Rajahmundry, 0866-2576796,2767070 and 2767040 for Vijaywada, 0884-252172 for Tuni, 040-27700868,272829007 for Secunderabad and 0870-2548660 for Kazipet.
11.58 am: Situation returning to normal, says IMD chief
IMD DG LS Rathore said that the situation was returning to normal. "Situation in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Vizag and east Godavari is near normal," he said, adding that wind speed was normal at 30 kmph.
"We don't expect bad weather in Odisha, rainfall is expected in some internal pockets," SC Sahu, another IMD official said. Sahu also said that rainfall would decrease in south-west Odisha.
IMD also released satellite images of cyclone Hudhud.
10.57 am: PM Modi to visit Vizag tomorrow
PM Narendra Modi will visit Visakhapatnam tomorrow to assess the situation. The Prime Minister posted a tweet, saying that he had also spoken to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
Have been constantly taking updates on Cyclone Hudhud. Spoke to AP CM. Will visit Visakhapatnam tomorrow & take stock of the situation.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 13, 2014
10.06 am: Prepared for any eventuality, says Rajnath
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in a fresh statement on the cyclone, lauded the relief and rescue operations of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, saying that the states were prepared for any eventuality.
The States seem to be prepared for any eventuality arising from the impact of 'Hudhud' that is expected to bring heavy rains.
— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) October 13, 2014
He added that he had spoken to the Chief Ministers of Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal to assess the situation. According to reports, the wind speeds of Hudhud are expected to drop to 60 kmph by Monday afternoon.
Spoke to CMs of Bihar, Jharkhand,MP, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal to take stock of the situation in these states post Hudhud's landfall.
— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) October 13, 2014
09.41 am: Vizag Airport heavily damaged due to Hudhud
Even as reports are now saying that the cyclone has gone down in intensity and become a deep depression, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha saw damage to a lot of areas, one of which was the Vizag airport.
— Tarun Shukla (@shukla_tarun) October 12, 2014
Andhra Pradesh CM N 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.
09.08 am: Navy issues statement on Hudhud, dead body of one-year-old child recovered
The Navy issued a statement on relief and rescue efforts in wake of cyclone Hudhud. "Both runways at naval air station INS Dega will be fit for flying by 2:30 pm," said the Navy statement, adding that runway clearance of Vizag airport was underway at Dega to resume aircraft operations.
The NDRF said that 558 people were evacuated on Sunday, adding that the dead body of a one-year-old child was recovered from the debris.
08.48 am: Andhra Pradesh govt to begin analysing damage to state
Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu's Cabinet is expected to be in Visakhapatnam as the government focuses on bringing life back to normal in the districts of Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram which bore the brunt of the cyclonic fury.
The Chief Minister has directed Hyderabad-headquartered National Remote Sensing Centre to use GIS, GPS and remote sensing technologies to spot the damage and put them on the satellite through geo-tagging. This would enable the government to have the data on damages on the map.
The state government has issued an order deputing senior officers to supervise rescue, relief and rehabilitation measures and coordinate with Commissioner (Disaster Management), NDMA and NDRF and other authorities. The government said 2,48,004 people in 320 villages of 44 mandals (blocks) have been affected by the cyclone. As many as 1,35,262 persons have been evacuated and accommodated in 223 relief camps.
08.33 am: Heavy rain expected in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha
'The worst is over,' says India's Met Department announcing that heavy rainfall is expected Jharkahand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal besides Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
The cyclone has now entered a deep depression as it moves over central India.
08.20 am: Depsite cyclone Hudhud, tourism up along Odisha's coastal belt
Hundreds of tourists, including several foreigners, thronged Puri beach on Sunday waiting for cyclone Hudhud to make landfall in the neighbouring state.
According to this report in the Times of India, Puri saw a hotel occupancy rate of 85 percent, which is normal at this time of the year.
"Almost all hotels were booked. At present, over 200 foreign tourists are present in Puri, thirty of whom arrived in the last two days," tourist officer Bijay Jena told TOI.
07.38 am: In Chhattisgarh's Bastar district, schools to be shut today
Educational institutions in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh have been ordered to stay closed on Monday as the state gears up to deal with the fierce weather system unleashed by cyclonic storm Hudhud as it moves inland.
Hudhud is expected to cross over into Chhattisgarh early in the morning on Monday. - PTI
07.24 am: Cyclone Hudhud leaves 8 dead; devastation in Visakhapatnam
Cyclone Hudhud pounded the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha with heavy rain and winds of almost 200 kmph on Sunday leaving eight people dead and a trail of devastation with Vishakapatnam, where the very severe storm made landfall, bearing the brunt.
A little over four lakh people--about 250,000 in four districts of AP and 156,000 in nine districts of Odisha--were evacuated to relief camps and more will be shifted to safer places depending upon water levels, officials said.
Cyclone Hudhud lost its intensity by evening and its speed was limited to 100-110 kmph and converted from a very severe cyclonic storm to severe storm, the IMD said on Sunday night. - PTI
Updates for 12 October end
6.49 pm: PM Modi promises all possible help to Andhra CM as Hudhud makes landfall
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today promised Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu
all possible assistance as Cyclone Hudhud made landfall leaving five persons dead in the state and neighbouring Odisha.
The Prime Minister, who had yesterday held an emergency high-level meeting to review preparedness for the cyclone, today spoke to Naidu over phone and discussed relief and rescue measures.
He had yesterday asked officials to ensure that rescue and relief operations proceed smoothly and people are informed about the cyclone on a real-time basis.
Modi had also asked Home Minister Rajnath Singh to be in touch with the Chief Ministers of the states likely to be affected by it.
5.04 pm: IMD says worst of Hudhud is over, Centre monitors situation
While IMD has said the worst of severe cyclonic storm Hudhud is over and it has lost much of its speed, NDRF has rushed more teams for to Vishakhapatnam. It also said that Hudhud has lost much of its pse
Meanwhile, the Centre was also monitoring the situation.
Meanwhile Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister has said, "We are unable to estimate the damages caused."
He was also headed to affected areas to review rescue operations.
4.44 pm: Fisherman swept away in Odisha, death toll at 2
The number of casualties in Cyclone Hudhud rose to two in Odisha today with a fisherman in Puri being swept away by tidal waves.
The fisherman, who is till to be identified, rushed to save his boat anchored to the beach from being swept away into the sea.
"He was cautioned by NDRF personnel present at the spot not to go near the sea, but did not pay heed to their warning,' Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra said.
A nine-yea old girl had drowned in the crocodile infested Khola river n Kendrapara district yesterday when the forest department boat in which she was being ferried along with two dozen others from Makarkanda village to a cyclone shelter in Okilapal overturned in the middle of the river, collector Pramod Kumar Das said.
An 11-year old boy in the same boat, who had also slipped into the river, still remains untraceable.
Also, 1,09,000 people have been evacuated in Odisha so far.
3.43 pm: 5 killed as cyclone Hudhud makes landfall in Andhra Pradesh
The severe cyclonic storm has left five people dead in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha as it made landfall in Vishakapatnam on Sunday bringing with it torrential rains.
Normal life was thrown completely out of gear as winds with a speed of 170 to 180 kmph battered Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts.
The very severe cyclonic storm made landfall in Visakhapatnam before noon. The gale, accompanied by heavy downpour, resulted in trees being uprooted and roofs of thatched huts and sheds being swept away.
Meanwhile Zee News quoted Director MET Department BK Mandal as saying "Cyclone Hudhud has hit Jharkhand with comparatively low intensity."
2.37 pm: Rain subsides in Vizag, but IMD says its a temporary lull
Rain and wind have subsided in Vishakhapatnam, where Cyclone Hudhud had a landfall nearly two hours ago, and nearby areas.
According to Firstpost reporter Sandeep Sahu who is in Bhubaneswar, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) says it is only a temporary lull before the storm gathers momentum again.
"The eye of the storm is entering land. So clear weather may prevail for half an hour to one hour.But disastrous weather will return with wind speed of 170/180 km per hour, gusting up to 195 km/her, in the return direction soon," Director of the Bhubaneswar centre of IMD Dr Sarat Sahu told Firstpost.
The next six hours could witness heavy rains, accompanied by gale winds, as the storm moves northwestwards into south Odisha, Chhatisgarh and parts of Telangana, he said.
Five districts in Andhra Pradesh - East Godavari, West Godavari, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Vishakhapatnam - and four in Odisha - Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri - would bear the brunt of the storm, Sahu said.
The 'very severe cyclonic storm' would weaken into a 'cyclonic storm after 12 hours before dissipating, he said.
Meanwhile, the Odisha government said it had evacuated more than 67, 000 people from vulnerable areas and moved them to safe shelters.
Free kitchens have been opened for the evacuees, Special Relief Commissioner Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra said.
2.19 pm: Not a super cyclone, says MoS PMO as Hudhud makes landfall in Vizag
Even as cyclone Hudhud made its landfall in Vishakhapatnam, IMD has said that the intensity of the storm will decrease, however it will be followed by heavy rains which may lead to floods, reported CNN-IBN.
The IMD also said that certain districts of Odisha will also face heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours.
The MoS PMO has however said that Hudhud cannot be termed as a super cyclone and that chief secretaries of the affected areas were in touch with the PMO regarding the situation.
Meanwhile, NDRF teams have been rushed to Vishakhapatnam for rescue efforts.
11.30 am: Cyclone Hudhud makes landfall at 170 km/hr
Visakhapatnam is experiencing wind at 170-180 km/hr as Cyclone Hudhud makes a landfall at the Andhra Pradesh coast. Eye of the storm has hit the coast of Andhra Pradesh. Not only Vizag, but the adjoining areas will be hit by rains and heavy wind, CNN IBN reported. "Communication lines have been down since Saturday night. Electricity and water supply has also been turned off," said a local resident.
Although the Met department said that soon Hudhud will lose intensity.
Trees have been uprooted and two people have been reported dead in the area. According to the Met department, there will be a lull for about an hour before the storm intensifies againin Visakhapatnam and surrounding areas. Heavy rainfull will continue for the next couple of days in neighbouring states like West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, Telangana and eastern Madhya Pradesh.
Odisha is not caught in the eye of the storm but the southern districts of state will get very heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours.
11.00 am: Hudhud hits Andhra coast
The worst phase of the cyclone has begun, said the navy, which has a huge base in Visakhapatnam, reports said.
Cyclonic storm Hudhud has hit the Andhra Pradesh coast. The sever storm's landfall is expected anytime soon. According to reports wind speed has crossed 200 km/hr. Reports also added that the current of the cyclone is as strong as last year's Phailin. Visakhapatnam will be the focus centre and expected to be the worst hit. According to the IMD, the next 6 hours are the most crucial.
Evacuations have been going on. Four naval ships and 10 helicopters of Indian Navy and Indian Air Force (IAF) are ready for relief operations.
10.00 am: 3 lakh evacuated in Andhra, Odisha
Cyclone Hudhud currently is 45 km away and is travelling at 170-180 km/hr. It is likely to make a landfall north of Visakhapatnam between 10.30 am and 11.30 am, reports said.
Rescue operations in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha reached their peak as cyclonic storm Hudhud inched closer to the coast near Vishakhapatnam on Sunday morning. Over 3,00,000 people have been evacuated, most of them in the five coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh, from vulnerable areas and moved to safe shelters by this morning, authorities in the two states said.
“We have evacuated about 43,000, including about 1200 people belonging to the most primitive Bonda tribe, till this morning,” Special Relief Commissioner Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra told Firstpost this morning.
“There is no power in most parts of the city since last night,” journalist Santosh Patnaik told Firstpost over phone from Vishakhapatnam this morning.
Wind is also gathering speed on the southern coast of Odisha, reaching 70 km/hr this morning.
Even after landfall, the cyclonic storm is expected to remain in the ‘very severe’ category for the next six hours and move northwestwards before dissipating gradually, Director of the Bhubaneswar centre of IMD Dr Sarat Sahu said.
“It is likely to trigger heavy rains in most parts of south Odisha and the neighbouring states of Chhattisgarh and Telengana,” Sahu said.
The heavy rains predicted have raised the spectre of floods in all rivers in south Odisha, besides the crucial Mahanadi system.
9.21 am: Hudhud 60 kilometre away from Visakhapatnam
The Met department said the the very severe cyclone Hudhud is over 60 km away from Visakhapatnam.
Reports said the visibility in Visakhapatnam is less than 500 meter. Meanwhile, south central railways cancelled 52 trains, partially cancelled 4 trains and diverted 37 as part of precautionary measures.
8.53 am: Prime Minister Modi chairs meeting to assess situation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday had called for an emergency meeting for higher officials to assess how prepared are the states to face for Hudhud. According to The News Minute, after the meeting PM Modi has told Union home minister Rajnath Singh to stay in touch with chief ministers of the states which are likely to be affected by the cyclone.
Prime Minister strictly instructed all senior officials in Delhi to maintain close contact and coordinate with the states to ensure relief work went on uninterrupted.
Strong winds and rainfall disrupted power situation at a few places in Andhra Pradesh. "Except East Godavari, power entirely failed in the three districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam (which are expected to bear the brunt). There were gale winds. The situation is very severe. National Highway in the region has been shut," Special Commissioner, State Disaster Management Authority, K Hymavathi told PTI.
8.28 am: Cyclone Hudhud expected to make a landfall around noon
Cyclone Hudhud is expected to make a landfall between Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam at noon. The cyclone is 100 km away from Visakhapatnam. The meteorological department reclassified the cyclone as a very severe storm as it continued to gather force.
According to reports, the IMD predicted that Hudhud is 74 km away and is moving at 10 km/hr. Heavy rainfalls and wind lashed Odisha too. It is expected that the state will receive heavy rainfall over the next couple of days.
7.45 am: Trains and flights cancelled
In anticipation that West Bengal may be an affected party once Hudhud hits Odisha coast, the state government has taken precautionary measures. The Visakhapatnam port has evacuated a dozen of vessels from the harbour and the Gangavaram port has suspended the cargo operations.
Most trains and flights between Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneshwar has been cancelled. These are the helpline numbers for Andhra Pradesh:
Helpline numbers for Andhra Pradesh Helpline numbers: Collectorate: 08672-252572, Bandar RDO office: 08672-252572, Bandar Tahisildar Office: 08672-222251, Avanigadda: 08671-272237, Koduru: 08671-276265, Krithivennu: 08672-237231, Mopidevi: 08671-257265 and Nagayalanka: 08671-274242. Toll free number – 1077.
End of updates for 11 October
4.55 pm: Cyclone now 260 km southeast of Visakhapatnam
According to an IMD bulletin issued in the afternoon, the cyclone is lying 260 km southeast of Visakhapatnam.
"According to latest observations, the Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘HUDHUD’ over westcentral Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards during past six hours and lay centered at 1130 hrs IST of 11th October 2014 near latitude 16.1ºN and longitude 85.1ºE, about 260 km southeast of Visakhapatnam and 350 km southsoutheast of Gopalpur," said the bulletin.
You can read the full text of the bulletin here.
Chief Secretary IYR Krisna Rao said the central government has been requested to send another eight NDRF teams. The district collectors said they have made arrangements to stock fuel, drinking water, food, medicines and other essential commodities for rescue and relief operations, said IANS.
4.49 pm: Trains, planes to Visakhapatnam cancelled
South Central Railway (SCR) has announced the cancellation and diversion of several express and passenger trains to Visakhapatnam
due to the cyclone threat, a senior official said.
"About 28 express trains have been cancelled, 13 trains diverted (total 43 express trains) and 12 passenger trains have been cancelled. One train has been partially cancelled due to the prevailing cyclone situation in the district," South Central Railway's (Vijaywada) Divisional Manager Pradeep Kumar.
Moreover, all planes to Visakhapatnam have been cancelled, according to reports.
Authorities have also closed Ichapuram-Kakinada national highway for traffic. Kakinada-Uppada highway in East Godavari district was damaged as water gushed out of sea due to high waves inundated the road.
3.47 pm: Around 1.11 lakh people evacuated from five coastal districts
About 1.11 lakh people in five coastal districts have been shifted to safer places. The government has made arrangements to evacuate 5,14,725 people in all.
According to the reports received by the state Disaster Management Commissioner AR Sukumar, 35,000 persons have been evacuated in Srikakulam district, 6,000 in Vizianagaram, 15,000 in Visakhapatnam, 50,000 in East Godavari and 5,000 in the West Godavari district.
436 villages across 64 mandals in the five districts have been identified as exposed to the threat of cyclone. The government has identified 370 relief camps for the evacuated people in these districts, reported PTI.
Cyclonic Warning Division also re-iterated that the storm speeds might reach 170 to 180 kmph in Visakhapatnam and 70 to 80 kmph in Odisha,
— SAAHIL MENGHANI (@saahilmenghani) October 11, 2014
14.08 pm: Andhra government requests ISRO for satellite images
Andhra Pradesh government requested the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to provide satellite pictures of the Andhra coastal region.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has requested the central government to help the state by providing the satellite pictures, according to IANS.
"These pictures will help in speeding up rescue and restoration work for officials and personnel monitoring the situation," a statement from the chief minister's office said.
250 personnel of army have reached the region while four naval ships and 10 helicopters of Indian Navy and Indian Air Force (IAF) are ready for rescue and relief operations.
Round the clock control rooms have been opened at Andhra Pradesh secretariat in Hyderabad. The numbers are 040- 23456005 and 23450419.
1.50 pm: PM Modi to chair meet on preparedness
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today chair a high-level meeting to review the preparedness level of the administration given that cyclone Hudhud will make landfall in less than 24 hours.
The NDRF along with the defence forces and state-level rescue teams are on standby in both - Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, to help in evacuation efforts as well as post-cyclone rescue efforts.
13.15 pm: Hudhud as big as Phailin, rainfall begins in Odisha, Andhra
Cyclone Hudhud is already the size of Cyclone Phailin as it approaches the Andhra coast, now 330 km away from Visakhapatnam.
Moreover, drizzling has already begun in Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur in Odisha is experiencing heavy rainfall, according to CNN-IBN.
15 NDRF and 10 ODRF teams deployed to assist in the rescue and relief operations. Drizzling has started in Visakha. Raining heavily in Gopalpur. 340 cyclone shelters set up in Odisha. All districts have been provided with satellite phones for emergency.
IMD has also said that the storm might peak at 190 kmph, with impact at Odisha being as high as 80-90 kmph. The sea surge due to the cyclone will inundate several low-lying areas of Visakhapatnam and cause damage to houses and cut off electricity supply to many areas, said the IMD.
12.57 pm: Helpline numbers for Hudhud released by NDRF
The NDRF released helpline numbers for cyclone Hudhud relief measures. The helpline numbers are 011-26107953 and 09711077372, reported CNN-IBN.
Moreover, operations have begun in Odisha to evacuate around 3,80,000 people to safer areas. According to the latest national bulletin released by IMD, the cyclone is now 330 km southeast of Visakhapatnam and 380 km south-southeast of Gopalpur.
12.25 pm: 24,000 people shifted from Visakhapatnam district
Tens of thousands of people from low-lying areas of coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh have been evacuated as the state intensified preparations to face Cyclone Hudhud, expected to reach the northern coastline around Visakhapatnam by forenoon on Sunday.
As many as 24,000 people were shifted from Visakhapatnam district, 15,000 from Vizianagaram and 46,000 from Srikakulam and 160 from East Godavari district so far, special commissioner, state disaster management authority, K Hymavathi told PTI in Hyderabad.
She said that 146 cyclone relief shelters have been opened in the coastal districts.
National Disaster Response Force has deployed 19 teams (each comprising 45 to 50 members) to undertake rescue and relief missions. In addition, a large number of Army personnel have also been kept ready in Visakhapatnam.
In Srikakulam, sea conditions were rough this morning. MeT department has warned that extensive damage to 'kutcha' houses, uprooting of big trees and partial disruption of power and communication lines and minor disruption of rail and road traffic are expected.
"The government machinery is ready to face the cyclonic storm," said deputy chief minister KE Krishna Murthy.
Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy too is ready to help with four ships on stand-by. These ships have been equipped with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats, integral helicopters and relief material including food, tentage, clothes, medicines, blankets etc, in quantities sufficient to sustain over 5,000 persons, Navy sources said. Six aircraft are standing by at the Naval Air Station INS Dega to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, casualty evacuation and air drop of relief materials.
Additionally, 30 diving teams and four platoons with additional relief material are ready to be pressed into action at short notice, sources said. - PTI
12.17 pm: Hudhud to intensify further before landfall in Andhra Pradesh
Hudhud is expected to intensify and peak to around 100 knots (185 kmph) before landfall near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh late Sunday, forecasts based on NASA data show.
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Hudhud as it reached hurricane-force, reported IANS.
The data showed the coldest cloud top temperatures were in thunderstorms. Cloud top temperatures were as cold as -53 degree Celsius, which have the potential for dropping heavy rainfall.
Hudhud's maximum sustained winds were nearer to 75 knots (138.9 kph) on Friday.
It was centred near 15.5 north and 86.7 east, about 250 nautical miles southeast Visakhapatnam.
Hudhud has tracked northwestward at 6 knots (11.1 kph).
Forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) of the US Navy indicated that animated enhanced infrared satellite imagery showed that bands of thunderstorms have become more tightly wrapped into the low-level centre. In addition, micro-wave satellite data revealed an eye in the storm.
10.30 am: 4 Navy ships, 1573 NDRF officials on standby
Expected to make a landfall at Vizag on Sunday noon, the government has warned fishermen from entering the sea and have already put in place 4 Navy ships to help in any rescue efforts that may arise.
The evacuation process in both states - Odisha and Andhra Pradesh - also began this morning. The cyclone is currently centered 350 km off Vizag.
9.10 am: Army, Navy on stand-by as Cyclone Hudhud turns very severe
As the Met department declared the cyclone to be very severe, the state government in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh have already kept the Navy and Army on standby, and the process to evacuate over 4.5 lakh people from 500 villages has already begun. Landfall is expected to hit the state on Sunday at noon.
The Met department has also issued warning for heavy rainfall in the East and West of Godavari.
Updates for 10 October end
7.14 pm: IMD issues orange message to Odisha, Andhra Pradesh
The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a warning to the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, upgrading the intensity of the Cyclone Hudhud to very severe cyclonic storm.
"The Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘HUDHUD’ over west central Bay of Bengal moved northwestwards and intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm. It lay centered at 1430 hrs IST of 10th October 2014 near latitude 15.0ºN and longitude 86.8ºE about 470 km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam and 520 km south-southeast of Gopalpur. The system would move west-northwestwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of 12th October 2014," the IMD note said.
2.25 pm: 1150 NDRF personnel on standby in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh
An NDRF battalion each comprising 1150 personnel in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh is on standy, according to PTI.
Four teams (one team comprises 55 personnel) of the force have left for Visakhapatnam and they would be further repositioned based on the request made by the two state governments.
2.13 pm: Hudhud named after a colourful bird found across Asia
Hudhud has been named after the national bird of Israel. Experience shows that the use of short names in written and spoken communications is quicker.
The name was suggested by Oman. Hudhud is a colourful bird found across Afro-Eurasia.
The practice of naming storms (tropical cyclones) began years ago in order to help in the quick identification of storms in warning messages because names are presumed to be far easier to remember than the numbers and technical terms.
In general, tropical cyclones are named according to the rules at a regional level. For instance, Hurricane Committee determines a pre-designated list of Hurricane names. As an example for north Atlantic Ocean six lists are used in rotation. Thus, the 2008 list will be used again in 2014. For the eastern north Pacific Ocean the lists are also re-cycled every six years (the 2008 list will be used again in 2014). For central north Pacific Ocean the names are used one after the other. When the bottom of one list is reached, the next name is the top of the next list.
2.01 pm: Navy on standby to deal with approaching cyclone
The navy has been put on standby to deal with the approaching cyclone, according to reports.
Meanwhile, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has asked for additional satellite phones as communication is expected to be damaged when the cyclone hits the coast, according to NDTV. Patnaik also said that he was confident was about the measures taken by the state to face the cyclone. "I've reviewed the contingency plan," he said.
1.46 pm: Very heavy rainfall expected in areas in Andhra Pradesh
Rainfall would occur at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls would occur over East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh from tomorrow evening onwards, according to CWC forecast.
Rainfall would occur at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over remaining districts of Andhra Pradesh, said PTI.
Winds speed reaching 50 to 60 kmph gusting up to 70 kmph would commence along and off north coastal Andhra Pradesh from tomorrow morning onwards. The wind speed would increase to 130-140 kmph, gusting to 155 kmph from 12 October morning.
Sea condition would be rough to very rough from tomorrow morning. It would gradually become phenomenal from October 12 morning onwards along and off North Andhra Coast.
Storm surge of about 1 to 2 metres above astronomical tide would inundate low lying areas of East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts at the time of landfall.
Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea while those out at sea are advised to return to shore, the CWC said.
1.32 pm: IMD press release explains the origin of Hudhud
A press release by the Indian Meteorological Department explained the origin of Cyclone Hudhud. According to the IMD, it all began on 6 October when a low pressure area which lay over the north Andaman Sea developed into a depression in the morning of 7 October.
This depression eventually developed into a deep depression by the evening of 7 October. As it moved northwestwards on 8 October, it finally developed into the cyclonic storm Hudhud, which gets it name from a bird, according to reports.
Here is the full text of the IMD press release:
1.21 pm: Odisha deploys rescue teams to start evacuation as cyclone approaches
The Odisha government deployed rescue teams at vulnerable places and asked district collectors to begin evacuation of people, particularly in tribal dominated Malkangiri district.
“At least 25 teams, 15 of NDRF and 10 ODRAF, have been deployed at vulnerable areas keeping an eye on the cyclone and heavy rainfall,” Special Relief Commissioner PK Mohapatra told PTI.
Malkangiri was this time in focus, Mohapatra said, adding the severe cyclonic storm was likely to pass over the district.
This would create a lot of rain in undivided Koraput district comprising Koraput, Malkangiri and Rayagada. Other districts which would be hit by the cyclone were identified as Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Nayagarh, Gajapti and Ganjam.
Mohapatra said all the districts have been provided with satellite phones for emergency and constant vigil was being maintained on the rivers like Bansadhara, Rusikulya and Nagabali as heavy rain is expected in southern districts.
“We have asked the collectors that no one should remain inside ‘kutcha houses’ in Malkangiri district. All the people living in ‘kutcha’ houses need to be evacuated to safe place,” Mohapatra said, adding that this was being done keeping the state’s commitment of “zero casualty” as target.
The SRC also asked the district authorities to start free kitchen where the government undertakes evacuation drive. The districts are also told to stock adequate quantity of dry food, he said.
1.08 pm: Odisha worried about waterlogging as Hudhud approaches
Anticipating heavy rains accompanying the severe cyclone "Hudhud" that is likely to affect parts of Odisha on Sunday, the Odisha administration is worried about Cuttack city's inherent problem of waterlogging.
With the drainage system of the city undergoing massive renovation currently, the district administration has asked the local civic body to remain alert with adequate pumps to remove water logging immediately from the low-lying areas, reported PTI.
Meanwhile, the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) has also undertaken a drive to de-silt the drains since Tuesday, a regular exercise that the civic body undertakes during pre-monsoon days.
"We are more worried about waterlogging problem of Cuttack city and have kept at least 200 pumps ready to remove the waterlogging from low-lying areas immediately," said CMC Commissioner G R Das, adding, arrangements are in place to evacuate the people from affected areas to safer places.
Dogged by last year's unfortunate incident in which some ruling party corporators allegedly looted relief materials in the aftermath of severe cyclone, the CMC authorities have decided that this time relief to the affected persons would be distributed by municipal staff.
11.40 am: Centre monitoring state preparedness, says Rajnath Singh
According to NDTV reports, National Disaster Response Force has mobilised 35 teams in various vulnerable parts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha in view of the storm.
Meanwhile, home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted that the Centre is monitoring state level preparedness.
Spoke to the Chief Ministers of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh &Telangana regarding their preparedness to face the fast approaching cyclone 'Hudhud'
— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) October 10, 2014
Assured the CMs all help from the Centre. The Centre is monitoring the progression of 'Hudhud' expected to hit the coast in the next 24 hrs. — Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) October 10, 2014
Severe cyclonic storm Hudhud heading towards Odisha, AP
A severe cyclonic storm named Hudhud is heading towards Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Hudhud is the second major cyclone after Phailin, which hit the eastern coast in October last year.
On Thursday, IMD said that Hudhud will turn take a "very severe" turn in the next 12 hours, bringing with itself very heavy rainfall and gusty winds as it inches closer to the coast.
"The system would continue to move west-northwestwards and intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours. It would cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of 12th (October)," the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a bulletin.
Here is the full national bulletin:
National Weather Service of the US tweeted this image of the cyclone on Friday:
— NWS OPC (@NWSOPC) October 10, 2014
Journalist Debabrata Mohanty also provided this picture of the cyclone on Friday as seen by the NASA earth observatory:
Hudhud as seen from NASA's earth observatory. pic.twitter.com/CRrTasyYwV
— Debabrata Mohanty (@debabrata2008) October 9, 2014
On Thursday evening, Hudhud was 675-km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam and 685-km southeast of Gopalpur, moving closer to the coast.
The cyclone crossed the area between Port Blair and Long Island of the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago on Wednesday, with winds gusting at 67 kmph. The wind speed range of the cyclone is expected to be 130-140 kmph and may gust up to 155 kmph.
IMD's Cyclonic Warning Division said that the landfall will be in the range of 200 km (between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur) and the cyclone size is about 500 km.
The IMD chief said "heavy rainfall" to "very heavy rainfall" at few places would commence over Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of North coastal Andhra and Ganjam, Puri and Khurda districts of Odisha from 11 October.
Updated Date: Oct 15, 2014 19:55 PM