Helpline Numbers: Home Ministry — 011-26107953 or 09714077371; Guntur Collectorate — 0863-2234070/2234301 and 9849904019.
The HudHud cyclone is gaining momentum with a wind speed of more than 100 kmph and the entire coast of Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam are on high alert with people confined to their homes, while more than 300,000 people were evacuated from the “Ground zero”.
The “very severe” cyclone is likely to hit the coast at 10:30 am or in one hour’s time from now. The helpline numbers of the centre include 011-26107953 or and 09714077371. The district administrations have urged people to call any police or fire number for help. In addition, Guntur collectorate has opened 0863-2234070/2234301 and 9849904019 for any help.
Apart from Visakhapatnam, other coastal districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, and East Godavari in Andhra Pradesh and two districts of Ganjam and Gajaptinagaram in Odisha are in the vicinity of Hudhud’s impact on Sunday, he said. Other districts likely to witness impact are Koraput, Malkajgiri, Raigarh and Kalahandi in Odisha.
PMO Mos Jitendra Singh said that ‘Hudhud’ is expected to intensify and peak to around 185 kms by noon and the information has been conveyed to the State Governments of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. In addition, heavy rains would hit in the aftermath in the neighbouring States like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand, he said.
It was exactly a year after the Phailin cyclone hit the same region on October 12, 2013 that left behind severe damage, though officials were able to manage to bring down the number of deaths that prompted even the World Bank to praise the long-term measures undertaken by the local administration like settin up shelters and evacuating people.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired an emergency high-level meeting to review preparedness for the cyclone and directed the officials to ensure “zero casualty” and. So, far, 200,000 people have been evacuated from the “Ground Zero” or 396 villages to 370 safe shelters and relief centres set up.
The key national highways — the Ichapuram-Kakinada national highway and Kakinada-Uppada highway in East Godavari district were closed for the traffic due to damage and fearing high water levels in the region, following the higest level of warning signal.
In Odisha too evacuation is underway and the officials are on high vigil, said PK Mohapatra, special relief commissioner of
Odisha. “We are expecting flash floods and heavy rainfall after the cyclone hits,” he said, expalining the plans to evacuate at least 300,000 people from likely to be affected regions.
The standby measures include deployment of teams from the Armed Forces and NDRF, depletion of reservoirs to accommodate cyclonic rainwater, positioning of boats, swimmers and relief camps, and standby systems to restore power and telecom services. Tree cutters have deployed in huge numbers to clear the debris that would be left behind by the cycone Hudhud.