Hud Hud Cyclone
hit Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts in Andhra Pradesh in
the second week of October, 2014. On the Sunday the 12th October,
the cyclone hit the coast. The beautiful and peaceful city turned into a
nightmare. It is the strongest tropical
cyclone in the north of Indian ocean. It
originated due to low pressure in the Andaman Seas. The cyclone peak strength was 170 kmph wind
speed and 960 mbar pressure at its center.
It drifted towards UP and Nepal after crossing the coast. Perhaps about 60 deaths occurred.
Arrival of the
cyclone was known in advance and many precautions were taken and people were
evacuated from affected areas. Fishermen were warned not to go into the
sea. People and the government did not
expect so severe a damage to the city and their lives as it really did. The heavy rains caused the maximum damage and
disrupted the life.
trains passing via coastal line were diverted and the flights were
cancelled. An international cricket
match was cancelled. The road links snapped.
Many statues toppled down. Around
6 cm to 20 cm of rain was witnessed in various regions.
It was the most
severe cyclone along with heavy rains at Visakhapatnam in the last 40
years. The wind speeds were more than
100 kmph. The heavy rains caused
drowning of houses and flooding of roads.
There was no electricity and drinking water for at least four days. There were no milk and other food supplies
during two days. There was a lot of shortage
of fuel. The roads to reach
Visakhapatnam were broken. Many electric
poles and trees were uprooted. Cell
phones were not working due to damage of cell towers. Many roof tops were blown off. Over 4 lakh people were evacuated in Andhra
Pradesh and Orissa.
minister Mr Chandra Babu Naidu had travelled to the city and started a fast
recovery. Hud Hud damaged the air port and other major government properties.
The loss is estimated at Rs 10,000 crores.
It will take a long time before the life returns to normal. The disaster management department has taken
relevant steps for the recovery.
film celebrities donated money and food materials for the affected persons of
Andhra Pradesh. The central government has announced a relief and assistance
package for the state. The effect of Hud
Hud cyclone was felt in Jarkhand and other regions too. The temperatures in
many regions in India came down to the cyclone.
The human loss was relatively small due to the precautions taken. The Hudhud caused sudden and severe snow
storms (avalanche in the snow covered mountains) in north Nepal and killed some
persons there in the Himalayan trekking route.