Cyclone Hudhud unleashed its full fury with devastating effect on
Visakhapatnam on 12th October, making landfall at noon and hurling
through neighboring areas, ripping apart coastal cities and towns and
leaving a trail of destruction.
According to the state government, about 2.5 lakh people in 320 villages
of 44 mandals (blocks) in the districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram,
Srikakulam and East Godavari are affected by the cyclonic devastation.
The cyclone claimed 21 lives, damaged as many as 6,836 houses while the
number of boats missing or damaged has been put at 181.
Eastern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh Limited alone is estimated to have suffered a loss of Rs 40,000 crore.
About 16,000 electric poles were knocked down by cyclone fury that also
left around 6,000 transformers damaged. Damages to Rashtriya Ispat Nigam
Limited (Vizag steel plant) were estimated at Rs 1,000 crore, Indian
Navy Rs 2,000 crore, Andhra University Rs 300 crore and Vizag airport Rs
500 crore, Naidu said.
More than 1.35 lakh people have been rehabilitated at
223 medical teams equipped relief camps, where 5.62 lakh persons are
being provided food.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspected the cyclone-hit areas to assess
the situation and announced Rs 1000 crore-aid as an interim relief for
the cyclone affected areas by the Centre.
As many as 24 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, two Army
columns, 56 boats/launches and six helicopters were deployed for relief
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu asked the Centre to
declare the very severe cyclone storm ‘Hudhud’ that hit the state’s
coast as a national calamity and also sought an ad hoc relief package of
Rs 2,000 crore.
How Cyclone Hudhud got its name?
The name Hudhud in Arabic refers to the Hoopoe bird.
The Hudhud, or hoopoe bird, the national bird of Israel is an exotic
creature noticed for its distinctive crown of feathers and is widespread
in Europe, Asia and North Africa.
The WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones at its twenty-seventh Session
held in 2000 in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman agreed in principal to assign
names to the tropical cyclones in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. The
eight countries - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman,
Sri Lanka and Thailand - took part and came up with a list of 64 names -
eight names from each country - for upcoming cyclones in the spirit of
co-operation and consensus.
The last cyclone in the region was Nanauk in June, 2014 a name contributed by Myanmar.
The next cyclone in the northern Indian Ocean region will be named
Nilofar by Pakistan followed by Priya (Sri Lanka) and Komen (Thailand).