The “Very Severe” cyclone HUDHUD is 24 km away from Visakhapatnam and the wind speed is gaining momentum to more than 130 km right now and is expected to reach 195 to 225 km when it actually hits the eastern port city, while 59 mandalas are under threat or “Ground zero” with 356 villages to take severe hit from the storm.
Konakapet saw damage worth about Rs.30 crore so far, said local authorities. Several satellite phones are on standby with generators to keep communications alive, said TV9 reporting from the ground zero.
Currently, the speed of the wind is at 130 km, said authorities. 6 NDRF teams are on standby and removing the fallen trees. No traffic is allowed on the roads. Some villages near Mukkam reported that the sea entered inside their village by 30 feet.
One woman was killed when a house wall collapsed due to the wind and rain fall. Another person near Tekkali was killed when a tree fell on him and authorities attributed it to his reluctance to move to safety shelter centres.
Sea water in Visakhapatnam has gushed inside the coast by 40 metres, said latest reports.
Srikakulam is witnessing heavy rains. Officials have set up safe shelter centres and the entire coast has been under vigil and no vehicles are allowed to enter the “Ground Zero”. All highways in the vicinity have been closed to the traffic. The Navy has set 6 helicopters on the standby. Mukkam coast has seen severe damage with several trees falling on the roads.
Meanwhile, the state government of AP has announced the postponement of D.Ed. exams due to the storm HudHud.