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Cyclone Hudhud: Five dead, massive damage in Andhra

MUMBAI

At least five people were reported dead despite major evacuation efforts as Cyclone Hudhud blasted India’s eastern coast with winds of up to 195 km per hour (over 120 mph). The gusts uprooted trees and damaged buildings and other infratructure.

The port city of Visakhapatnam, with a population of over 2 million was the site of  Hudhud’s landfall. It saw major destruction with wreckage strewn across the city. Andhra Pradesh. the state that bore maximum impact, said that the extent of damage will be ascertained only only after the storm passes over.

“We are unable to ascertain the situation. Seventy percent of communication has totally collapsed … this is the biggest calamity,” chief Minister N. Chandrababa Naidu told Headlines Today television. “We are asking people not to come out of their houses,” Naidu said, adding that damage assessment would start on Monday. “We are mobilizing men and material immediately.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called Naidu and promised “all possible assistance in relief and rescue operations”, in a press statement.

Hudhud is similar in size and power to cyclone Phailin that struck the area exactly a year ago.

Musafir Namah Bureau

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