Heavy rainfall lashes Andhra & Odisha


High tidal waves lash the Visakhapatnam coast during Cyclonic Storm `HudHud` in Visakhapatnam
High tidal waves lash the Visakhapatnam coast during Cyclonic Storm `HudHud` in Visakhapatnam

Two people were killed  in Andhra Pradesh due to heavy rainfall with strong winds in coastal areas as cyclonic storm moved closer to Visakhapatnam coast.

One person was killed in a wall collapse in Visakhapatnam while the other person died when a tree fell on him in Srikakulam district, officials said.

“Very severe cyclonic storm” in the Bay of Bengal is lying about 60 km southeast of Visakhapatnam, said a bulletin by the India Meteorological Department issued Sunday morning.

Strong wind and heavy rainfall started Sunday in southern Odisha districts leading to disruption in power supply with severe cyclonic storm ‘Hudhud’ nearing its coast.

Many trees have been uprooted, snapping electric wires and disrupting power supply in various parts of the state.

Sarat Sahu, director of the India Meteorological Department at Bhubaneswar, said that wind speed ranging from 70-80 km per hour gusting to 90 km per hour will prevail along north Andhra Pradesh and southern Odisha coasts.

The wind speed will gradually increase to 80-90 km per hour along and off adjoining districts of southern Odisha – Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri.

Sahu said many parts of Odisha will experience heavy to very heavy rainfall during the day.

The Odisha government has asked the private bus owners and Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) not to ply buses in five districts during the cyclone to avoid possible accidents due snapping of power lines.

It has asked the bus owners to keep their fleet off the road in Gajapati, Ganjam, Malkangiri, Koraput and Rayagada districts.

The government has evacuated 67,752 people to safe places and cyclone centres in the southern districts. While about 30,000 people have been evacuated from Gajapati alone, 7,900 people have been evacuated from Ganjam district, 13,282 from Koraput, 6,000 from Malkangiri and 2,000 from Rayagada, said Special Relief Commissioner Pradipta Mohapatra.

The state government has deployed 25 units of National Disaster Response Force and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force to carry out rescue operations.