Hudhud has now converted into 'severe cyclone'

  • Velocity of Cyclone Hudhud has come down to 90-100 Km/hour, says Ajit Seth, Cabinet Secretary. As far as AP is concerned, quick assessment will be done, restoration process will start after that, he adds. Cyclone Hudhud lost its intensity by evening as it moved further 60 km northwest of Visakhapatnam, the IMD said.

  • Hudhud, which was so far a very severe cyclonic storm, has now converted into a severe cyclone and its speed is now limited to 100-110 kmph, said M Mahapatra, scientist at the Cyclone Warning Division of IMD. Naidu is seeking to leverage modern communication technology through “crowd sourcing” to provide relief to the victims of cyclonic storm ‘Hudhud’.

  • The CM said that people can provide information on the cyclone damages by downloading an App and send pictures and videos through it, as per PTI. Receiving a call from PM enquiring about Cyclone Hudhud midway during a media briefing, Naidu thanked him for Centre’s assistance. Cyclone Hudhud loses speed, winds now blowing at 120-130 kmph, says IMD.

  • Chandrababu Naidu chaired a high level meeting on cyclone.

  • The death toll in Cyclone Hudhud has increased to five.elated Photo Gallery

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu and assured him all possible assistance.

  • AP Deputy Chief Minister N Chinarajappa has said that nearly 90,000 people have been shifted to relief camps in four cyclone Hudhud-hit districts.

  • Cyclone Hudhud has hit Jharkhand with comparatively low intensity, said Director MET Department BK Mandal.

  • DG NDRF has said that there are chances of hilly rains which can cause flood. He further added that NDRF is working in the flood prone areas, ANI reported.

  • The death toll has reached three as Cyclone Hudhud crosses Visakhapatnam.
  • We have offered whatever help possible from the Centre. Our next step will be to restore critical resources and then to rehabilitate, says Ajit Seth after holding Crisis Management Committee meeting.
  • NDRF has sent additional teams to Vishakhapatnam. The total number of teams in the district are 13 now.

  • 67752 people have been evacuated to 604 safe shelters. We are monitoring situation and taking precautions, says Naveen Patnaik.

  • Helpline numbers released for Hudhud are: 08455885999, for Railway helpline–01123342954, 23341072, 23341074, Odisha– 1948, Andhra Pradesh– 1949.

  • Extensive damage has been reported in Visakhapatnam.

  • Cyclone has badly affected Ganjam and Gajapati district in Odisha.

  • Cyclone wind speed 170-180 kmph gusting up to 195 kmph in Andhra Pradesh coast.

  • According to IMD Chief, PMO is monitoring situation arising out of the cyclone on an hourly basis.

  • The impact of Cyclone Hudhud will remain for another six hours after which the wind speed is expected to reduce by 50 percent, but heavy rainfall will continue till October 15, 2014.

  • Bihar, Chhatisgarh, MP and Jharkhand will also see rainfall, says DG IMD, RS Rathore.

  • Gajapati in Odisha is worst affected by the cyclone.

  • ‘Most of the damage is seen in Visakhapatnam. Though winds are not too strong in Odisha, heavy rainfall will be seen in south Odisha’ said IMD.

  • Wind speed is as high as 170 kmph in Visakhapatnam coast.

  • Several structures and properties have got damaged as Hudhud makes landfall in Visakhapatnam.

  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh had a telephonic conversation with Andhra Pradesh and Odisha Chief Ministers N Chandrababu Naidu and Naveen Patnaik to take stock of the situation.

  • Cyclone Hudhud has made landfall in Andhra Pradesh coast, informs IMD. Two people have got killed as heavy rains lashed many areas in Visakhapatnam. While one was killed by a falling tree, another by a collapsing wall. Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth will be holding a meeting of National Crisis Management Committee shortly. Outer edge of Hudhud has made landfall at Kailasagiri in Visakhapatanam. The wind speed has been recorded at 180 kmph. No casualties have been confirmed until now.

  • Five diving teams have been dispatched to Srikakulam, 10 teams to low lying areas in and around Visakhapatnam for rescue and relief operations. Part of DM office building in Visakhapatnam collapsed due to heavy rains. The cyclone is now less than 45 kms away from Visakhapatnam. After crossing coast, the cyclone will maintain its intensity, says Director of MET Department SC Sahoo. Four naval ships and 10 helicopters of Indian Navy and Indian Air Force (IAF) are ready for relief operations.

  • The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS), run by the United Nations and the European Commission, forecast even higher peak wind speeds of 212 km/h. More than one lakh people have been evacuated from several districts of Andhra Pradesh.

  • Hudhud will hit the coastal area with a speed of 180 kmph at around 12:00 pm. The cyclone is 60 kms away from Andhra Pradesh coast, says India Meterological Department. Several trees have got uprooted in Visakhapatnam.  The speed of the wind has been measured up to 195-220Kmph.

  • As Cyclone Hudhud surges towards eastern coast, heavy rains have been lashing many areas of the coastal Andhra Pradesh and Odisha since Saturday.

Finally, the Andhra Pradesh government has identified 356 villages in 59 mandals of the four districts as cyclone-prone. More than 300 relief camps have been set up to overcome any challenge. Train services to the coast also remained suspended due to the cyclone.