- We're with the people of Andhra Pradesh and Vizag
- Technology was useful in tackling the crisis
- The Centre and state governments worked with perfect minute-to-minute coordination
- Equipment of the Indian Meteorological Department got destroyed where the eye of the storm was at Kailashgiri
- 70-80 per cent trees in Vizag destroyed.
- Critical installations are safe
- Rail service has been restored. Air services are non-functional
- Vijayawada- Vizag highway has been cleared
- Relief centres will continue as many people have lost their homes
- Vizag virtually needs to be rebuilt.
- Damage to properties on beach road
In Odisha, 2,33,271 people have been evacuated and shifted to 2,029 shelters. It is raining in some places, wind condition is normal.
Six people have been reportedly killed in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha by Cyclone Hudhud which pounded Visakhapatnam with relentless force on Sunday.
Watch Severe Damage From Hudhud: Chandrababu Naidu Video on NDTV.com. As Cyclone Hudhud hit Visakhapatnam on the coast of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu spoke to NDTV on the situation on ground. Mr Naidu said that he has asked the Centre to declare national calamity.
There has been physical damage of mobile communication, electricity lines and roads: Ajit Seth, Cabinet Secretary pic.twitter.com/JFtPiKHJAo- ANI (@ANI_news) October 12, 2014
As far as AP is concerned, quick assessment will be done, restoration process will start after that: Ajit Seth, Cabinet Secy #Hudhud- ANI (@ANI_news) October 12, 2014
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, once the poster boy of IT promotion in the country, is now seeking to leverage modern communication technology through "crowd sourcing" to provide relief to the victims of Cyclone Hudhud which struck coastal Andhra today.
Cyclone Hudhud has passed over Vishakhapatnam. Almost. As it goes deeper inland, the 195-km per hour windspeed has gone down to 120 kmph, and it is set to reduce further over the next six hours.
Fishermen run against the wind as trees were uprooted and power cables snapped. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu by phone and enquired about the cyclone 'Hudhud', which hit the Andhra coast near Vizag Sunday.
The South Central Railway has pitched in to provide cyclone relief centres - positioning four trains with 55 empty coaches at four key stations in a first-of-its-kind effort.
(Picture courtesy: Indian Navy)
44 teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed for rescue and relief; highways remain blocked.
Helpline numbers: New Delhi- 011-23093563, 23093566; Odisha -1948, Andhra Pradesh -1949
Relief and rescue agencies like the Coast Guard, NDRF have been put on standby.
Air, railway and road traffic services across Visakhapatnam have been severely affected.
(Picture courtesy: Agence France Presse)
In Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, trees have been uprooted and electricity lines snapped as heavy winds and rain hammer the city. National Highway 16 is blocked.
The National Disaster Relief Force is airlifting a number of large metal and wood cutters from New Delhi to Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, the states expected to be hit by Cyclone 'Hudhud', and has increased the strength of its relief teams on standby from 39 to 44.
More than 1.5 lakh people have been evacuated from vulnerable areas of five coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh which are expected to be hit by heavy rainfall under the impact of very severe cyclonic storm 'Hudhud' that is due to have a landfall near Visakhapatnam around noon today.
As heavy rains accompanied by winds lashed parts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh on Saturday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired an emergency high-level meeting to review the preparedness for Cyclone Hudhud.
Thousands have been evacuated from the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh as Hudhud, described as a "very severe cyclonic storm", barrels towards the state and neighbouring Odisha.
For Cyclone Hudhud, these villagers are bracing for the worst but say it can't be worse than Cyclone Phailin perhaps, reports NDTV's Alok Pandey.
With cyclonic storm Hudhud set to hit Andhra Pradesh, the state government today requested the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to provide satellite pictures of the coastal region.
(Picture courtesy: Associated Press)
Authorities have started large-scale evacuations in the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh as Hudhud, a very severe cyclonic storm, heads to the state and neighbouring Odisha.
Hudhud is expected to turn into a very severe cyclonic storm in a few hours, bringing heavy rain and gusting winds as it inches closer to the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
With cyclonic storm "Hudhud" approaching the coast, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley to issue instructions to Indian Air Force (IAF) to remain ready to extend support to the state administration.
The government in Andhra Pradesh is stocking shelters with rations, deploying disaster response forces and prepping for the possible need for mass evacuations as an increasingly powerful cyclone hurtles towards India's southeast coast.