Heavy arrangements made to deal ‘Hudhud’

RSTV Bureau

HudhudAfter creating havoc in the region of Andaman Nicobar Islands, the severe cyclone Hudhud is moving towards the eastern coast of India, where heavy arrangements are made to deal with it.

Cyclone Hudhud is expected to intensify in the next few hours, bringing heavy rain and gusting winds of about 100-110 km/hour as it inches closer to the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.

The depression would continue moving westnorth westwards and intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours, a weather office report said

The depression would cross north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur by forenoon of October 12, 2014, the report said.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea and those at sea have been advised to return to the coast immediately, the report said.

With cyclone ‘Hudhud’ fast approaching the states of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today spoke to the Chief Ministers of the three states on the steps being taken to deal with the situation.

Arrangements made in Odisha

With the severe cyclonic storm ‘Hudhud’ 610 km from the state’s coast, the Odisha government today 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 ODRF, have been deployed at vulnerable areas keeping an eye on the cyclone and heavy rainfall,” Special Relief Commissioner P K Mohapatra told reporters.

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 rains are expected in southern districts.

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.

The storm, which is gathering more force, is likely to turn into a very severe cyclonic storm within next 12 hours, the IMD warned.

The bulletin warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall at one or two places over South Odisha during next 24 hours and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places over South Odisha in the subsequent 48 hours.

Rain/thundershower would occur at many places over Odisha during next 24 hours and rainfall will increase in subsequent 48 hours in Odisha, the bulletin predicted.

‘Hudhud’ to take “very severe” turn in next 12hrs: IMD

Cyclonic storm Hudhud will 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 MeT department has said.

“The system would continue to move west-north westwards 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 (Oct.),” the Indian Meteorological Department(IMD) said in a bulletin.

The cyclone had been yesterday positioned at about 1,100 km southeast of Gopalpur and 1,150 km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam at around 11.30 A.M.

The MeT office has issued a heavy rainfall warning for the north Andhra Pradesh coast and south Odisha.

“Under the influence of the system, rainfall at most Places, with heavy (6.5-12.4-cm) to very heavy falls (12.5- 24.4-cm) at a few places, and isolated extremely heavy falls (more than 24.5-cm), would occur over south Odisha from the evening of Oct. 11 onwards.

“Rainfall would occur at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places (likely) over Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra,” the bulletin said.

According to the MeT department, squally winds reaching speeds of 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would commence along and off the north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts from the morning of Oct. 11. Wind speeds would increase to 130-140 kmph gusting to 150 kmph from Oct. 12.

It also warned that, under the influence of the system, there was a threat of “extensive damage to kuccha houses, partial disruption of power and communication lines, and minor disruption of rail and road traffic”.