Day after Hudhud, Focus shifited to Relief Work in Odisha, Andhra

A day after cyclone Hudhud hit the coastal Andhra and southern part of Odisha with heavy rainfall and wind leaving six people dead, the state governments have begun relief works on Monday morning.

As per the latest updates, the severe cyclonic storm has been transformed into a deep depression causing maximum damage mostly in Visakhapatnam as compared to Odisha. Andhra Pradesh government is now focusing on bringing life back to normal in the districts of Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram, the areas that witnessed worst situation after Hudhud made landfall on Sunday morning at Kailashgiri in Visakhapatnam. More than four lakh people were evacuated in the two states minimising the damage to life. However, the rain still remains a big worry for both the states.

According to Andhra's revenue (disaster management) department, the deaths occurred in incidents of wall and roof collapses and uprooting of trees in the region, which was pounded by rains and gale winds at speeds ranging from 170 to 180 kmph on Sunday.

The Railway tracks in Visakhapatnam were badly damaged and the airport was also affected by the gusty wind that uprooted hundreds of electric poles, trees, and hoardings. Even though, the cyclone has now lost its intensity, it may trigger heavy rainfall in Chhattisgarh and adjoining southwest Odisha. 

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of those killed, Rs 1 lakh for critically injured and Rs 50,000 for other injured.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in a fresh statement on the cyclone, lauded the relief and rescue operations of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, saying that the states were prepared for any eventuality arising from the impact of 'Hudhud' that is expected to bring heavy rains. He has also spoken to the Chief Ministers of Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal to assess the situation. According to reports, the wind speeds of Hudhud are expected to drop to 60 kmph by Monday afternoon.

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