The cyclone has picked up speed -- from 120-130 kilometres per hour to 155-165 kmph -- and could hit the coast at a wind speed of 170-180 kmph, according to the Indian Meteorological Department.The government has made arrangements to evacuate 5,14,725 people in all, officials said, while the army and the navy have kept their personnel on stand-by for rescue and relief operations.
According to the reports received by the state Disaster Management Commissioner A R Sukumar, 35,000 persons have been evacuated in Srikakulam district, 6,000 in Vizianagaram, 15,000 in Visakhapatnam, 50,000 in East Godavari and 5,000 in the West Godavari district.Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has been reviewing the situation with top officials and requested the Indian Space Research Organisation to provide satellite images of Hudhud's course.In all, 436 villages across 64 mandals in the five districts have been identified as exposed to the threat of cyclone. The government has identified 370 relief camps for the evacuated people in these districts.A senior official of the disaster management department here said 13 National Disaster Response Force teams have been deployed in the districts while the Indian Air Force is moving three helicopters from the Yelahanka air base to Visakhapatnam.