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Venkaiah Naidu adopts cyclone-ravaged village of AP for rehabilitation

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Union Minister for Urban Development M.Venkaiah Naidu has adopted the Chepala Uppada village of Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh for rehabilitation and development in the aftermath of the recent cyclone Hudhud that ravaged districts on the north coast of the state.
 
An official press release said the fishermen's village and the surrounding hamlets were severely affected by the cyclone.
 
Mr Naidu has decided to donate month's and make a contribution of Rs. 25 lakhs from his MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) fund for rebuilding the village and ajoining hamlets.
 
Resources will also be mobilized from other sources like trusts and NGOs in this regard. Nellore-based Swarna Bharati Trust has offered Rs.10 lakh for rehabilitation of the village, the release said.
 
Over the last two days, Mr Naidu has extensively toured the cyclone-affected areas of the state for an assessment of the ongoing rehabilitation efforts. He convened a meeting of representatives of over 20 Central government departments and agencies at Visakhapatnam and reviewed the measures being taken for restoration of different kinds of services to the public. 
 
Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) management handed over a cheque of Rs. 5 crore to Mr Naidu for rehabilitation of Hudhud affected areas. 
 
He also reviewed the progress on the rehabilitation front with Collectors of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts.
 
Mr Naidu also discussed the situation with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, the release said. The Union  Minister suggested that a separate entity may be created for integrated development of Visakhapatnam with representation from the central government for promoting ‘Smart City’ features. 
 
Mr Naidu spoke to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the telephone and urged him to direct the concerned officials for speedy settlement of insurance claims and rescheduling of bank loans of all the cyclone affected people.
 
Expressing concern over soil erosion of beaches of Visakhapatnam, Mr Naidu said he would take up the matter with the Ministry of Environment for long-term measures.
 
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BCCI names squad for first three ODIs against SL, Virat Kohli to lead

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today named the Indian team for the first three one-day internationals (ODIs) against Sri Lanka beginning November 2, with Virat Kohli as the captain.
 
BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel said its All-India Senior Selection Committee, which met today to pick the team, had decided to rest regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
 
The following is the team:
 
 Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, W Saha, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Murali Vijay, Varun Aaron, Akshar Patel.
 
The committee also named the India 'A' team, with Manoj Tiwary as captain, that will play a one-day practice match against Sri Lanka at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) in Mumbai on October 30.
 
The following is the India 'A' team:
 
Manoj Tiwary (Captain), Unmukt Chand, Manan Vohra, Karun Nair, Rohit Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Sanju Samson, Perveez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Stuart Binny, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav 
 
The Sri Lankan Cricket Board had agreed to play a five-ODI series in India at short notice to fill the void created by the abrupt decision of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to cancel an ongoing tour of India over a payment structure dispute with its players.
 
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BCCI suspends bilateral tours with West Indies, to initiate legal action against WICB

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Five days after the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) cancelled the rest of an an ongoing tour of India because of a payment structure dispute with its players, the Board of Control for Cricket in India today decided to initiate legal proceedings against it.
 
At a meeting of its Working Committee here, the BCCI also decided to suspend all bilateral tours between the BCCI and WICB.
 
"BCCI will initiate legal proceedings against West Indies Cricket Board due to the abrupt cancellation of this tour. All bilateral tours between BCCI and WICB stand suspended," BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement.
 
Mr Patel said the members appreciated the gesture of the Sri Lankan Cricket board in accepting BCCI's request to play five one-day internationals (ODIs) starting from November 2 at such a short notice.
 
"This tour is in lieu of their scheduled tour to India next year which will be reciprocated by India touring Sri Lanka in months of July/August 2015," he said.
 
Mr Patel also announced that the venues for the five ODIs would be Cuttack, Hyderabad, Ranchi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad and the detailed itinerary would be announced shortly.
 
The WICB decision came when five matches of the tour -- the fifth ODI, a T20 International and three Test mathces -- were remaining.
 
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Commerce and Industry Ministry officials to visit cyclone-hit Vizag on Oct 21

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Minister of State for Commerce & Industry Nirmala Sitharaman has deputed two senior officials of her Ministry to visit Visakhapatnam on October 21 to assess the damage caused to various industrial projects, including special economic zones, in the port city by cyclone Hudhud which hit the region last Sunday.
 
The cyclone caused large scale destruction to public and private property in the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and parts of south Odisha.
 
The two officials -- Mr Rajeev Arora, Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce and Mr D.V. Prasad, Joint Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion – will also suggest restoration measures, an official press release said.
 
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Pratt & Whitney launches work on its Customer Training Centre at Hyderabad

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Aircraft engine makers Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has begun work on the construction of its customer training centre here.
 
The ground-breaking ceremony for the new facility, to be housed in United Technologies Corporation India Private Limited, was held here yesterday.
 
Expected to be operational by mid-2015, it will train aircraft engineers and technicians of Pratt & Whitney’s customers on current and new engine models. This Pratt & Whitney training centre will be the third such facility in the world.
 
A press release from Pratt & Whitney said the initiative addresses the shortage of skilled manpower in India’s aviation industry. 
 
Initially, training would be provided on V2500 and PW1100G-JM engines, with scope for adding other Pratt & Whitney engines flying in the region and other models from the PurePower Geared Turbofan engine family.
 
The facility will include specialized trainings such as general familiarization, line & base maintenance and borescope inspection. It will have a capacity of 5,000 student days per year, which would gradually increase to 9,000 student days per year.
 
“Pratt & Whitney recognizes India’s potential as a major aviation hub. The Hyderabad centre will make world-class aerospace training available in India,” said Bruce Hall, General Manager – Customer Training, Pratt & Whitney. “The specialized training at this facility will train engineers from airlines in India and abroad. We are proud to deliver training programs that will support India in becoming a leader in the global aviation industry.”
 
Palash Roy Chowdhury, Country Manager – Pratt & Whitney, UTC India said, “This customer training facility marks a major milestone for Pratt & Whitney. We will continue to invest in talent and infrastructure to support the industry's growth here.”
 
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Over last few years, Hyderabad has emerged as a promising aerospace investment destination and is evolving as an aviation hub. Roy Chowdhury said.
 
“The elements facilitating Hyderabad’s rapid growth include a robust infrastructure comprising of a host of government and private manufacturers and R&D institutions. Hyderabad also has a world-class airport and associated facilities. The presence of a highly-developed education system that produces high-quality engineering and IT talent is also a contributing factor.”
 
At present, a large fleet of aircraft in India use engines made by Pratt & Whitney and IAE International Aero Engines AG (a consortium in which Pratt & Whitney is a majority shareholder). The company will also supply the PurePower Geared Turbofan engines for Airbus and Embraer aircraft ordered by GoAir, IndiGo and Air Costa. The GTF engines deliver double-digit improvements in fuel burn, noise and emissions with the highest level of maturity of the new generation of advanced commercial engines being developed in the industry.
 
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Modi visits cyclone-hit Vizag, announces Rs 1000 crore interim aid for AP

Modi announces Rs 1,000 crore interim aid to AP
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited cyclone-hit Visakhapatnam and made an aerial survey of other affected areas and announced an interim assistance of Rs 1000 crores to the Andhra Pradesh government for relief, rehabilitation and restoration efforts.
 
Mr Modi told journalists after making an aerial survey of the affected areas in north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha that a Central team would soon make an assessment of the devastation caused by the disaster.
 
He said the Central government and the state government would make all efforts to ensure that essential items were available in adequate quantities.
 
He said the Centre would render all possible assistance to the state government for the restoration of the infrastructure in Visakhapatnam.
 
Mr Modi also announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh to the next-of-kin of those who died in the cyclone and Rs 50,000 to those who had suffered injuries from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF).
 
He expressed his condolences to the families of those who had lost their lives and his sympathies to those who had suffered on account of the cyclone. He said the entire country stood with them in this hour of crisis and promised them all possible assistance from the Central government.
 
Mr Modi had a word of praise for the India Meteorological Department (IMD), which had been able to predict the time, path and intensity of the cyclone with a high degree of accuracy several days in advance and had, thus, helped to minimise the loss of human lives by using modern technology.
 
He said that, during the past many days, the Centre and the state governments concerned had worked in perfect harmony to take all possible preventive and precautionary measures to ensure minimal loss of human lives.
 
He noted that several Central government organisations and establishments, including the Navy, the Coast Guard, the Railways, the airport, national highways and other facilities had suffered heavy losses in the cyclone.
 
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He said detailed surveys would be conducted on the losses caused, including to agricultural crops and public and private properties.
 
Mr Modi noted that he had, only a fortnight ago, announced plans to include Visakhapatnam, which bore the brunt of the cyclone's fury, among the places that would be turned into "smart cities" in the country.
 
"Suddenly, we are faced with this test, but I am sure we will emerge from it successfully. Very soon, things will be back to normal and all the damaged infrastructure will be restored. Priority will be given to ensuring adequate supplies of electricity, water, communication links and so on and there will be an improvement in these areas in the next few hours," he added.
 
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People in cyclone-hit Vizag scramble for food, water, other essentials

Two days after Visakhapatnam and its neighbouring areas were ravaged by cyclone Hudhud, people in the port city continued to struggle on Tuesday without electricity and communication links and had to cope with shortages of almost all essential commodities, including food, milk, drinking water and fuel.

Modi to conduct aerial survey of cyclone-hit areas
Two days after Visakhapatnam and its neighbouring areas in Andhra Pradesh were ravaged by cyclone Hudhud, people in the port city continued to struggle today without electricity and communication links and had to cope with shortages of almost all essential commodities, including food, milk, drinking water and fuel.
 
Desperate scenes were seen in some parts of the city, where people mobbed relief officials stopped trucks carrying vegetables and other items and looted whateve they could lay their hands on in sacks of bigger than themselves. The few policemen around could do very little to stop the miscreants.
 
There were also long queues at stations as people waited for hours to fill up petrol or diesel in their vehicles. People also lined up at automated teller machines (ATMs) of banks to withdraw cash to make purchases.
 
Drinking water, milk and other items were being sold at astronomical prices as people scrambled to stock up on essential supplies.
 
Most areas hit by the cyclone on Sunday, with winds of speed upto 195 kmph, remained without electricity, communication links and piped water supply for the third day today as the full scale of the unprecedented devastation wrought by the cyclone is only beginning to unfold.
 
With fallen trees, electricity and telephone poles blocking most roads, the movement of essential supplies to the affected areas was delayed, and personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were trying to clear the roads at the earliest.
 
The cyclone has claimed at least 21 lives in the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh -- 15 in Visakhapatnam, five in Vizianagaram and one in Srikakulam -- and three in south Odisha.
 
Thousands of people have taken shelter in relief camps set up by the authorities in the affected districts.
 
The State Road Transport Corporation has resumed services in some areas, but train services remained affected. The cyclone caused major damage to the Visakhapatnam airport, but it has been opened for relief flights though commercial services may take longer to resume.
 
All over Visakhapatnam, there are signs of the havoc wreaked by the cyclone, with hundreds of buildings suffering extensive damage and the streets littered with uprooted trees and poles, shattered glass and other debris.
 
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There were signs of destruction everywhere -- hundreds of trees and electricity and telephone poles uprooted, roofs of thatched huts, hoardings, signboards and street furniture blown away, and glass panes of windows of buildings shattered and interiors damaged.
 
Thousands of people, including many visitors to the region, were stranded in the region for want of bus, train or air services.
 
Ahead of the cyclone, the authorities had cancelled scores of trains and diverted or short-terminated many more, while flights to and from airports in the region were also cancelled for the period.
 
About two lakh people in the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha were evacuated to safer places and provided temporary shelter in schools and other buildings, where district authorities had made arrangements for food, water and other essential supplies. These measures helped to ensure that there was minimal loss of lives due to the cyclone.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who chaired a high-level meeting in New Delhi yesterday evening to review the relief and rescue operations, is due to visit Visakhapatnam today for a first-hand assessment of the situation and an aerial survey of the affected parts of Odisha.
 
An official press release said Mr Modi was briefed on the extent of destruction, including the damage to infrastructure such as roads, railway lines, buildings, power and telecommunication lines. He was also given an overview of the status of relief operations and steps taken to ensure supply of essential commodities including food, drinking water and fuel. He was informed that the extent of damage to standing crops shall be assessed over the next few days.
 
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Mr Modi instructed top officials of the Union Government to continue to work closely with the affected states to ensure that there are no bottlenecks in relief and rescue work. He also emphasized the need to document learnings from this cyclone, and to put in place more precise drills and disaster management plans involving all stakeholders, especially in areas which are prone to such disasters.
 
The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) met again in New Delhi yesterday under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth and took stock of the damage caused by the cyclone and reviewed the relief and restoration efforts.
 
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has started operations for picking up food packets from Rajahmundry and Vijayawada, to be dropped in affected places in Visakhapatnam. 
 
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 42 teams for rescue and relief operations.
 
An official press release said NDRF personnel had also started restoration works, including clearing of roads by removing fallen trees and other obscacles.
 
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has described the devastation as unprecedented and urged Mr Modi to declare it as a national calamity. He also sought Rs 2000 crore as interim relief from the Central government.
 
The Defence Crisis Management Group has nominated the Indian Navy as the lead service for conduct of rescue and relief operations in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, and the operation has been codenamed as Op Lehar.
 
Eastern Naval Command has indicated readiness in all respects for providing assistance for relief operations. Indian Naval Ships Ranjit, Shivalik, Shakti and Airavat are ready to sail with relief material for 5000 personnel, a statement from the Ministry of Defence said.
 
Additionally, four more ships have been kept ready for sailing at short notice for relief operations. About 24 diving teams have been deployed in and around Visakhapatnam for relief operations. One P8I ex-Rajali and one Dornier ex-Dega were launched this morning to make an assessment of the damage.
 
Officers and men of the naval base at Vishakhapatnam are also working to get the base back to its operational status at the earliest. 
 
Damage in the Naval Dockyard was minimised by the proactive and preventive measures undertaken by all concerned. The airfield at INS Dega was flooded and damaged has been reported to almost all buildings. 
 
Both runways have been made fit for flying operations in the forenoon today.
 
Power supply to the base has been disrupted due to damage to transmission lines and communications have been severely affected as BSNL lines, Rukmani and INMARSAT are not operational, the statement said.
 
Communication with Maritime Operations Centre (MOC), Vishakhapatnam has been established with Communication Centre, Delhi, it added.
 
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Hudhud toll in AP, Odisha rises to 24 as full scale of devastation begins to unfold

A day after cyclone Hudhud ripped through coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha yesterday, claiming at least 24 lives, the full scale of the unprecedented devastation wrought by it began unfolding on Monday as officials and rescue teams made their way to the affected areas.

Vizag faces lack of amenities after cyclone Hudhud
A day after cyclone Hudhud ripped through coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha yesterday, claiming at least 24 lives, the full scale of the unprecedented devastation wrought by it began unfolding today as officials and rescue teams made their way to the affected areas.
 
Those killed in the disaster included 21 people in Andhra Pradesh -- 15 in Visakhapatnam, five in Vizianagaram and one in Srikakulam  -- and three in Odisha, official sources said.
 
The cyclone had made landfall around noon yesterday near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, and the port city bore the brunt of its fury as wind speeds touched upto 195 kmph.
 
All over the city, there were signs of the havoc wreaked by the cyclone, with hundreds of buildings, including the airport, suffering extensive damage.
 
There were signs of destruction everywhere -- hundreds of trees and electricity and telephone poles uprooted, roofs of thatched huts, hoardings, signboards and street furniture blown away, and glass panes of windows of buildings shattered and interiors damaged.
 
Added to all this was the fact that people had to manage without electricity and communication links and without any means of transport, with road, rail and air traffic coming to a halt. Thousands of people, including many visitors to the region, were stranded at railway stations, bus stations and the airport.
 
Ahead of the cyclone, the authorities had cancelled scores of trains and diverted or short-terminated many more, while flights to and from airports in the region were also cancelled for the period.
 
About two lakh people in the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha were evacuated to safer places over the past few days and provided temporary shelter in schools and other buildings, where district authorities had made arrangements for food, water and other essential supplies. These measures helped to ensure that there was minimal loss of lives due to the cyclone.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting in New Delhi this evening to review the relief and rescue operations. He will visit Visakhapatnam tomorrow for a first-hand assessment of the situation and will make an aerial survey of the affected parts of Odisha.
 
An official press release said Mr Modi was briefed on the extent of destruction, including the damage to infrastructure such as roads, railway lines, buildings, power and telecommunication lines. He was also given an overview of the status of relief operations and steps taken to ensure supply of essential commodities including food, drinking water and fuel. He was informed that the extent of damage to standing crops shall be assessed over the next few days.
 
Mr Modi instructed top officials of the Union Government to continue to work closely with the affected states to ensure that there are no bottlenecks in relief and rescue work. He also emphasized the need to document learnings from this cyclone, and to put in place more precise drills and disaster management plans involving all stakeholders, especially in areas which are prone to such disasters.
 
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The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) met again in New Delhi today under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth and took stock of the damage caused by the cyclone and reviewed the relief and restoration efforts.
 
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has started operations for picking up food packets from Rajahmundry and Vijayawada, to be dropped in affected places in Visakhapatnam. 
 
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 42 teams for rescue and relief operations.
 
An official press release said NDRF personnel had also started restoration works, including clearing of roads by removing fallen trees and other obscacles.
 
Meanwhile, the cyclone, which had weakened by this morning into a deep depression over south Chhattisgarh and its neighbourhood, had weakened further into a depression, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
It had moved north-northwestwards and lay centered at 1730 hours today near latitude 21.3°N and longitude 81.0°E, about 60 km west-northwest of Raipur. 
 
"It would move northwards for next 6 hours and then north-northeastwards. It would weaken into a well marked low pressure area during next 12 hours," an IMD bulletin issued at 1845 hours today said.
 
The bulletin said rainfall would occur at most places over Chhattisgarh and east Madhya Pradesh during the next 24 hours and over east Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar during the next 36 hhours, with isolated heavy (6.5–12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5–24.4 cm).
 
Rainfall would also occur at many places over interior Odisha during the next 12 hours, with isolated heavy falls, it said.
 
Squally wind speed reaching 30-40 kmph gusting to 50 kmph would prevail upto 50 km around the system centre, which includes areas of Chhattisgarh during the next 12 hours, the bulletin added.
 
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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu described the devastation as unprecedented and urged Mr Modi to declare it as a national calamity. He also sought Rs 2000 crore as interim relief from the Central government.
 
The Defence Crisis Management Group has nominated the Indian Navy as the lead service for conduct of rescue and relief operations in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, and the operation has been codenamed as Op Lehar.
 
Eastern Naval Command has indicated readiness in all respects for providing assistance for relief operations. Indian Naval Ships Ranjit, Shivalik, Shakti and Airavat are ready to sail with relief material for 5000 personnel, a statement from the Ministry of Defence said.
 
Additionally, four more ships have been kept ready for sailing at short notice for relief operations. About 24 diving teams have been deployed in and around Visakhapatnam for relief operations. One P8I ex-Rajali and one Dornier ex-Dega were launched this morning to make an assessment of the damage.
 
Officers and men of the naval base at Vishakhapatnam are also working to get the base back to its operational status at the earliest. 
 
Damage in the Naval Dockyard was minimised by the proactive and preventive measures undertaken by all concerned. The airfield at INS Dega was flooded and damaged has been reported to almost all buildings. 
 
Both runways have been made fit for flying operations in the forenoon today.
 
Power supply to the base has been disrupted due to damage to transmission lines and communications have been severely affected as BSNL lines, Rukmani and INMARSAT are not operational, the statement said.
 
Communication with Maritime Operations Centre (MOC), Vishakhapatnam has been established with Communication Centre, Delhi, it added.
 
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Armed Forces ready to launch rescue, relief efforts after cyclone Hudhud strikes east coast

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The Armed Forces today repositioned their assets and are waiting for directions from the civil administration for launching rescue and relief operations in the areas of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha which were hit by cyclone Hudhud earlier in the day.
 
In the meantime, the Andhra Sub Area of theArmy has deployed four teams of its personnel at Vishakhapatnam and four teams at Srikakulam (Tikli and Echerla). 
 
The personnel are carrying 300 life jackets, 12 boats and other equipment, an official press release said.
 
The Army has established a Disaster Management Cell at Air Defence College, Gopalpur in Odisha. Six teams and ten sub-teams have been deployed for road opening and for rescue and relief operations at Gopalpur.
 
The Army has also kept 25 rescue teams and two Engineer Task Forces on standby at Ranchi, Allahabad and Secunderabad. 
 
Indian Navy has also positioned its assets and personnel in some of the important areas of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, including Chilka and Vishakhapatnam, for relief and rescue operation, which will be coordinated by Naval Officer-in-Charge, Odisha and Naval Officer-in-Charge Andhra Pradesh, respectively. It has kept 30 diving teams with Gemini craft and associated equipment, 20 rescue teams, four ships with Medical Bricks and medical stores, six helicopters and two fixed winged aircrafts and two medical teams ready at Vishakhapatnam for undertaking rescue and relief operations. 
 
Indian Air Force (IAF) has kept one IL-76, one C-17 and five AN-32 aircraft ready at Chandigarh, Delhi, Jorhat and Agra. 
 
Three Chetak helicopters have been kept on standby at Hakimpet, one medium light helicopter (Mi-8) at Yelahanka and ten medium light helicopters (Mi-17) at  Nagpur, Hyderabad, Kalaikunda, Suratgarh, Bagdogra and Barrackpore, it said.
 
Indian Coast Guard has also deployed 17 ships, two Air Cushion Vessels (ACVs) and 13 aircraft in Eastern and North-Eastern regions to augment the rescue and relief operations, wherever required. Out of 17 ships, six ships and five aircraft have been stationed at Chennai, three ships at Kakinada, three at Vishakhapatnam, four ships at Paradip, one ship, two ACVs and four aircraft at Haldia and four aircraft at Kolkata. Three rescue teams of Coast Guard are also kept on standby at Vishakhapatnam, Kakinada and Gopalpur. 
 
As the exact nature and magnitude of devastation is yet to emerge completely, the state authorities are now monitoring the route and velocity of the cyclone closely. The contour and the magnitude of relief operations by the armed forces in these two states will be shaped accordingly, the release added.
 
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At least 4 killed as cyclone Hudhud batters north AP, south Odisha

At least four people died as the very severe cyclone Hudhud over the Bay of Bengal crossed the country's east coast near Visakhapatnam into the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha a little after noon on Sunday, bringing with it torrential rains and high velocity winds with speed of upto 195 kmph.

Image: Courtesy: IMD
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At least four people were killed as the very severe cyclone Hudhud over the Bay of Bengal crossed the country's east coast near Visakhapatnam into the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha a little after noon today, bringing with it torrential rains and high velocity winds, with speed of upto 195 kmph.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the cyclone crossed the coast between 1200 hours and 1300 hours between Visakhapatnam and Bheemilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
 
The cyclone was moving at a speed of about 20 kmph at that stage. The wind speeds, which had gone upto 195 kmph, reduced considerably as the eye of the storm passed over the region. However, the rainfall is likely to continue for the next 24 hours, official sources said.
 
Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth said in Delhi after a review of the situation that two deaths had been reported in Andha Pradesh and two in Odisha in cyclone-related incidents.
 
IMD Director General Laxman Singh Rathore told journalists in Delhi that, while the winds in north Andhra Pradesh were very strong, they had speeds of only 60-70 kmph in south Odisha districts when the cyclone hit the coast. 
 
But he said that the southern coastal districts of Odisha would experience very heavy rainfall in the coming hours, with extremely heavy precipitations in some  parts. 
 
The cyclone uprooted hundreds of trees and electricity and telephone poles and blew away hoardings and signboards, disrupting road traffic all over the affected districts, where the skies had turned dark by mid-day.
 
The authorities had already cancelled scores of trains and diverted or short-terminated many more, while flights to and from airports in the region were also cancelled for the period.
 
Power supply was disconnected in many parts of the affected districts from late last night as a precautionary measure and communication was disrupted in several areas.
 
Dr Rathore said that very severe cyclonic conditions would persist in the affected districts for about six hours after landfall, after which they are expected to reduce in intensity to a cyclonic storm, when wind speeds would slow down by half. 
 
In the subsequent six hours, it will further reduce in intensity into a deep depression and wind speeds will come down by another half, but the system will continue as a low pressure area and travel first northwestwards and then northwards, causing heavy rains in many parts of Chhattisgarh, Telangana, East Vidarbha, East Madhya Pradesh and Gangetic West Bengal.
 
 
Outer edge of Hudhud makes landfall at Kailasagiri in Vizag
Heavy rains are likely in all these areas over the next three days, Dr Rathore said.
 
About two lakh people in the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha were evacuated to safer places over the past few days and provided temporary shelter in schools and other buildings, where district authorities had made arrangements for food, water and other essential supplies.
 
The IMD had said earlier this morning that, under the influence of the system, rainfall would occur at most places over West and East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Kalahandi and Phulbani districts of south Odisha during the next 48 hours, with heavy (6.5–12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5–24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (24.5 cm or more).
 
It said rainfall would occur at most places, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places, over Krishna, Guntur and Prakasham districts of Andhra Pradesh and north coastal Odisha during the same period.
 
The bulletin said gale wind speed upto to 170-180 kmph gusting to 195 kmph would prevail along and off north Andhra Pradesh (East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts) and 80-90 kmph along and off adjoining districts of Andhra Pradesh (West Godavari and Krishna districts) and south Odisha (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts).
 
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The sea condition along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts would be phenomenal along and off north Andhra Pradesh coast and high along and off south Odisha and south Andhra Pradesh coast during the next 24 hours.
 
Storm surge of about 1-2 meters above astronomical tide would inundate low 
lying areas of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall, the bulletin said.
 
The bulletin said the cyclone was expected to cause extensive damage to "kutcha houses" and some damage to old buildings, large scale disruption of power and communication lines and disruption of rail and road traffic due to extensive flooding. It also warned of potential threat from flying debris. There could be damage to agricultural crops.
 
In West Godavari and Krishna districts of Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts), there could be damage to thatched huts, breaking of tree branches causing minor damage to power and communication lines, uprooting of small trees and damage to agricultural crops.
 
The IMD called for total suspension of fishing operations in the area of influence of the cyclone, extensive evacuation of people from the coastal areas, and diversion or suspension of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic.
 
People in the vulnerable areas have been advised to remain at safe places around the landfall period.
 
The bulletin pointed out that, even after landfall, the system would maintain the intensity of very severe cyclonic storm for six hours and gradually weaken into a cyclonic storm in the subsequent six hours while moving northwestwards across south interior Odisha and Chattisgarh. 
 
Under its influence, rainfall would occur at most places over south Chhattisgarh, adjoining Telangana and south Odisha, with heavy falls at a few places and isolated heavy to very heavy falls over north Chattisgarh and north Odisha. 
 
Gale wind speed reaching 100-120 kmph gusting to 130 kmph would also prevail for six hours after landfall and 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph for subsequent six hours over East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts of Odisha during the same period.
 
Squally winds speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph would also prevail for 12 hours after landfall over south Chattisgarh and adjoining districts of north Telangana and south Odisha, the bulletin added.
 
In Delhi, the National Crisis Management Committee, chaired by the Cabinet Secretary, met again this morning to review the situation and the steps taken by the Centre and the states to cope with the effects of the cyclone.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh have also been monitoring the situation regularly and been in touch with the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
 
Mr Modi spoke to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu after the cyclone made landfall and assured him of all possible assistance in rescue and relief operations.
 
Mr Modi chaired an emergency high-level meeting in this regard yesterday evening. The meeting was attended by the Cabinet Secretary, the Principal Secretary to the PM, the Additional Principal Secretary to the PM, the Home Secretary, the Defence Secretary, and other senior officials from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the PMO.
 
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An official press release said Mr Modi was briefed on evacuation and other ongoing precautionary and preparatory measures being undertaken for the cyclone. These include deployment of teams from the Armed Forces and NDRF, depletion of reservoirs to accommodate cyclonic rainwater, positioning of boats, swimmers and relief camps, and standby systems to restore power and telecom services. 
 
After reviewing the emerging situation, the Prime Minister asked the Home Minister to remain in touch with Chief Ministers of the states likely to be affected by the cyclone. 
 
He instructed senior officers of the Union Government to maintain close contact and coordination with officers of the affected states, to ensure that relief and rescue operations proceed smoothly. He said suitable arrangements should be made to inform people about the cyclone on a real-time basis.
 
The Armed Forces had kept its assets -- including aircraft, helicopters, boats and diving teams -- and personnel on standby to meet any eventuality, while the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had deployed its teams with boats and other equipment for rescue and relief efforts in the vulnerable areas.
 
The Eastern Naval Command had been put on high alert to provide any assistance towards rescue and relief of affected persons. 
 
Indian Naval Ships Ranjit, Shivalik, Shakti and Airavat are ready to sail with relief material. Four more ships have been kept ready for sailing at short notice for relief operations as required. 
 
Two Dornier fixed wing aircraft and six helicopters are also ready for deployment and one long range maritime reconnaissance aircraft (P 8I) has been kept standby for carrying out damage assessment once the cyclone passes and wind speeds reduce. 
 
In the meantime, naval diving teams have been deployed in and around Vishakhapatnam for carrying out rescue and relief operations. As many as 14 diving teams have been deployed to Srikakulam, Anakapalle, and around Vizag. 
 
Additional 30 teams are ready for deployment at short notice as required, an official press release said.
 
In addition approximately 250 NDRF and 300 Army troops have been deployed in and around Visakhapatnam. Army columns have also been deployed at Achutapuram, Palasa and at Etcherla. 
 
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has provided a mobile communication team as part of the contingency preparedness procedure and it has kept on standby at INS Circars. 
 
The naval base at Vishakhapatnam has seen some storm damage with approximately 30-40% trees uprooted inside the Naval Station and some naval installations on Dolphin Hill suffering damage. 
 
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Cyclone Hudhud crosses coast near Vizag as squally winds, heavy rains batter AP, Odisha

Torrential rains and high velocity winds, with speed of upto 195 kmph, battered the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha as the very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud crossed the country's east coast near Visakhapatnam in the forenoon on Sunday.

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Torrential rains and high velocity winds, with speed of upto 195 kmph, battered the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha as the very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud crossed the country's east coast near Visakhapatnam in the forenoon today.
 
India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director General Laxman Singh Rathore told journalists in Delhi that, while the winds in north Andhra Pradesh were very strong, they had speeds of only 60-70 kmph in south Odisha districts when the cyclone hit the coast. 
 
But he said that the southern coastal districts of Odisha would experience very heavy rainfall in the coming hours, with extremely heavy precipitations in some  parts. 
 
At least four people have so far been reported killed in cyclone-related incidents  -- two in Andhra Pradesh and two in Odisha.
 
The cyclone uprooted hundreds of trees and electricity and telephone poles and blew away hoardings and signboards, disrupting road traffic all over the affected districts, where the skies had turned dark by mid-day.
 
The authorities had already cancelled scores of trains and diverted or short-terminated many more, while flights to and from airports in the region were also cancelled for the period.
 
Power supply was disconnected in many parts of the affected districts from late last night as a precautionary measure and communication was disrupted in several areas.
 
Dr Rathore said that very severe cyclonic storm conditions would remain in the affected districts for about six hours after landfall, after which it is expected to reduce in intensity to a cyclonic storm, when wind speeds would slow down by half. 
 
In the subsequent six hours, it will further reduce in intensity into a deep depression but the system will continue as a low pressure area and travel first northwestwards and then northwards, causing heavy rains in many parts of Chhattisgarh, Telangana, East Vidarbha, East Madhya Pradesh and Gangetic West Bengal.
 
About two lakh people in the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha were evacuated to safer places over the past few days and provided temporary shelter in schools and other buildings, where district authorities had made arrangements for food, water and other essential supplies.
 
The IMD had said earlier this morning that, under the influence of the system, rainfall would occur at most places over West and East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Kalahandi and Phulbani districts of south Odisha during the next 48 hours, with heavy (6.5–12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5–24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (24.5 cm or more).
 
Outer edge of Hudhud makes landfall at Kailasagiri in Vizag
It said rainfall would occur at most places, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places, over Krishna, Guntur and Prakasham districts of Andhra Pradesh and north coastal Odisha during the same period.
 
The bulletin said gale wind speed upto to 170-180 kmph gusting to 195 kmph would prevail along and off north Andhra Pradesh (East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts) and 80-90 kmph along and off adjoining districts of Andhra Pradesh (West Godavari and Krishna districts) and south Odisha (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts).
 
The sea condition along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts would be phenomenal along and off north Andhra Pradesh coast and high along and off south Odisha and south Andhra Pradesh coast during the next 24 hours.
 
Storm surge of about 1-2 meters above astronomical tide would inundate low 
lying areas of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall, the bulletin said.
 
The bulletin said the cyclone was expected to cause extensive damage to "kutcha houses" and some damage to old buildings, large scale disruption of power and communication lines and disruption of rail and road traffic due to extensive flooding. It also warned of potential threat from flying debris. There could be damage to agricultural crops.
 
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In West Godavari and Krishna districts of Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts), there could be damage to thatched huts, breaking of tree branches causing minor damage to power and communication lines, uprooting of small trees and damage to agricultural crops.
 
The IMD called for total suspension of fishing operations in the area of influence of the cyclone, extensive evacuation of people from the coastal areas, and diversion or suspension of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic.
 
People in the vulnerable areas have been advised to remain at safe places around the landfall period.
 
The bulletin pointed out that, even after landfall, the system would maintain the intensity of very severe cyclonic storm for six hours and gradually weaken into a cyclonic storm in the subsequent six hours while moving northwestwards across south interior Odisha and Chattisgarh. 
 
Under its influence, rainfall would occur at most places over south Chhattisgarh, adjoining Telangana and south Odisha, with heavy falls at a few places and isolated heavy to very heavy falls over north Chattisgarh and north Odisha. 
 
Gale wind speed reaching 100-120 kmph gusting to 130 kmph would also prevail for six hours after landfall and 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph for subsequent six hours over East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts of Odisha during the same period.
 
Squally winds speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph would also prevail for 12 hours after landfall over south Chattisgarh and adjoining districts of north Telangana and south Odisha, the bulletin added.
 
 
In Delhi, the National Crisis Management Committee, chaired by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, met again this morning to review the situation and the steps taken by the Centre and the states to cope with the effects of the cyclone.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh have also been monitoring the situation regularly and been in touch with the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
 
Mr Modi chaired an emergency high-level meeting in this regard yesterday evening. The meeting was attended by the Cabinet Secretary, the Principal Secretary to the PM, the Additional Principal Secretary to the PM, the Home Secretary, the Defence Secretary, and other senior officials from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the PMO.
 
An official press release said Mr Modi was briefed on evacuation and other ongoing precautionary and preparatory measures being undertaken for the cyclone. These include deployment of teams from the Armed Forces and NDRF, depletion of reservoirs to accommodate cyclonic rainwater, positioning of boats, swimmers and relief camps, and standby systems to restore power and telecom services. 
 
After reviewing the emerging situation, the Prime Minister asked the Home Minister to remain in touch with Chief Ministers of the states likely to be affected by the cyclone. 
 
He instructed senior officers of the Union Government to maintain close contact and coordination with officers of the affected states, to ensure that relief and rescue operations proceed smoothly. He said suitable arrangements should be made to inform people about the cyclone on a real-time basis.
 
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Cyclone Hudhud closes in on north AP, Odisha coast; more than 2 lakh people evacuated

Heavy rains and strong winds hit the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha on Sunday morning as the very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud over westcentral Bay of Bengal raced towards the east coast of the country and was expected to make landfall near Visakhapatnam around noon.

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Image: Courtesy: IMD
Heavy rains and strong winds hit the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha this morning as the very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud over westcentral Bay of Bengal raced towards the east coast of the country and was expected to make landfall near Visakhapatnam around noon today.
 
Several trees were uprooted and signboards of shops blown away by the winds as people in the vulnerable areas braced for any eventuality.
 
About two lakh people in the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha were evacuated to safer places over the past few days and provided temporary shelter in schools and other buildings, where district authorities had made arrangements for food, water and other essential supplies.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a bulletin issued at 0630 hours today that the cyclone had moved northwestwards with a speed of about 15 kmph during the last six hours and lay centered at 0530 hours IST near latitude 17.2ºN and longitude 84.2ºE, about 100 km southeast of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and 240 km south-southwest of Gopalpur in Odisha.
 
"The system would move northwestwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh coast close to Visakhapatnam around noon of today, the 12th October 2014," the bulletin said.
 
The bulletin said that, under the influence of the system, rainfall would occur at most places over West and East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Kalahandi and Phulbani districts of south Odisha during the next 48 hours, with heavy (6.5–12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5–24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (24.5 cm or more).
 
It said rainfall would occur at most places, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places, over Krishna, Guntur and Prakasham districts of Andhra Pradesh and north coastal Odisha during the same period.
 
The bulletin said gale wind speed upto to 170-180 kmph gusting to 195 kmph would prevail along and off north Andhra Pradesh (East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts) and 80-90 kmph along and off adjoining districts of Andhra Pradesh (West Godavari and Krishna districts) and south Odisha (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts).
 
Hudhud races toward Vishakhapatnam, NDRF on alert
The sea condition along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts would be phenomenal along and off north Andhra Pradesh coast and high along and off south Odisha and south Andhra Pradesh coast during the next 24 hours.
 
Storm surge of about 1-2 meters above astronomical tide would inundate low 
lying areas of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall, the bulletin said.
 
The bulletin said the cyclone was expected to cause extensive damage to "kutcha houses" and some damage to old buildings, large scale disruption of power and communication lines and disruption of rail and road traffic due to extensive flooding. It also warned of potential threat from flying debris. There could be damage to agricultural crops.
 
In West Godavari and Krishna districts of Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts), there could be damage to thatched huts, breaking of tree branches causing minor damage to power and communication lines, uprooting of small trees and damage to agricultural crops.
 
The IMD called for total suspension of fishing operations in the area of influence of the cyclone, extensive evacuation of people from the coastal areas, and diversion or suspension of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic.
 
People in the vulnerable areas have been advised to remain at safe places around the landfall period.
 
The bulletin pointed out that, even after landfall, the system would maintain the intensity of very severe cyclonic storm for six hours and gradually weaken into a cyclonic storm in the subsequent six hours while moving northwestwards across south interior Odisha and Chattisgarh. 
 
Under its influence, rainfall would occur at most places over south Chhattisgarh, adjoining Telangana and south Odisha, with heavy falls at a few places and isolated heavy to very heavy falls over north Chattisgarh and north Odisha. 
 
Gale wind speed reaching 100-120 kmph gusting to 130 kmph would also prevail for six hours after landfall and 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph for subsequent six hours over East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts of Odisha during the same period.
 
Squally winds speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph would also prevail for 12 hours after landfall over south Chattisgarh and adjoining districts of north Telangana and south Odisha, the bulletin added.
 
In Delhi, the National Crisis Management Committee, chaired by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, has been meeting every day to review the preparedness of the Centre and the states to cope with the cyclone.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired an emergency high-level meeting in this regard yesterday evening. The meeting was attended by the Cabinet Secretary, the Principal Secretary to the PM, the Additional Principal Secretary to the PM, the Home Secretary, the Defence Secretary, and other senior officials from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the PMO.
 
An official press release said Mr Modi was briefed on evacuation and other ongoing precautionary and preparatory measures being undertaken for the cyclone. These include deployment of teams from the Armed Forces and NDRF, depletion of reservoirs to accommodate cyclonic rainwater, positioning of boats, swimmers and relief camps, and standby systems to restore power and telecom services. 
 
After reviewing the emerging situation, the Prime Minister asked the Home Minister to remain in touch with Chief Ministers of the states likely to be affected by the cyclone. 
 
He instructed senior officers of the Union Government to maintain close contact and coordination with officers of the affected states, to ensure that relief and rescue operations proceed smoothly. He said suitable arrangements should be made to inform people about the cyclone on a real-time basis.
 
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Thousands evacuated in AP, Odisha as cyclone Hudhud races towards east coast

Thousands of people in the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha were evacuated to safer places on Saturday as cyclone Hudhud over westcentrral Bay of Bengal raced towards the east coast and is expected to make landfall near Visakhapatnam around noon on Sunday.

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Image: Courtesy: IMD
Thousands of people in the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha were evacuated to safer places today as cyclone Hudhud over west-central Bay of Bengal raced towards the east coast and is expected to  make landfall near Visakhapatnam around noon tomorrow.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a bulletin issued at 2000 hours IST today that, according to latest observations, the very severe cyclonic storm had moved west-northwestwards during the past six hours and lay centered at 1730 hrs IST near latitude 16.2ºN and longitude 84.8ºE, about 230 km southeast of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and 340 km southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha.
 
"The system would move northwestwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh coast close to Visakhapatnam around noon of 12th October 2014," the bulletin said.
 
In Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired an emergency high-level meeting this to review the preparedness to cope with the cyclone.
 
The meeting was attended by the Cabinet Secretary, the Principal Secretary to the PM, the Additional Principal Secretary to the PM, the Home Secretary, the Defence Secretary, and other senior officials from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the PMO.
 
An official press release said Mr Modi was briefed on evacuation and other ongoing precautionary and preparatory measures being undertaken for the cyclone. These include deployment of teams from the Armed Forces and NDRF, depletion of reservoirs to accommodate cyclonic rainwater, positioning of boats, swimmers and relief camps, and standby systems to restore power and telecom services. 
 
After reviewing the emerging situation, the Prime Minister asked the Home Minister to remain in touch with Chief Ministers of the states likely to be affected by the cyclone. 
 
He instructed senior officers of the Union Government to maintain close contact and coordination with officers of the affected states, to ensure that relief and rescue operations proceed smoothly. He said suitable arrangements should be made to inform people about the cyclone on a real-time basis.
 
The IMD bulletin said that, under the influence of the system, there would be rainfall most places over West and East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, 
Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Kalahandi, Phulbani districts of south Odisha during the next 48 hours, with heavy (6.5 – 12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5 – 24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely 
heavy falls (24.5 cm and more).
 
 
Cyclone Hudhud: Evacuation begins in Andhra, Odisha
It said rainfall would occur at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at 
isolated places over Krishna, Guntur and Prakasham districts of Andhra Pradesh and north coastal Odisha during the same period.
 
The bulletin said squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would prevail along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts during the next six hours and wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 85 kmph during the subsequent six hours. 
 
The wind speed would gradually increase to 170-180 kmph gusting to 195 kmph around the time of landfall along and off north Andhra Pradesh (East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts) and 80-90 kmph along and off adjoining districts of Andhra Pradesh (West Godavari and Krishna districts) and south Odisha (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and
Malkangiri districts).
 
The sea condition along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts would be rough to very rough during the next six hours. It would  gradually become phenomenal from tomorrow morning onwards along and off north Andhra Pradesh coast and very rough to high along and off south Odisha and south Andhra Pradesh coast.
 
Storm surge of about 1-2 meters above astronomical tide would inundate low
lying areas of Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall, it said.
 
The bulletin said the cyclone was expected to cause extensive damage to "kutcha houses" and some damage to old buildings, large scale disruption of power and communication lines and disruption of rail and road traffic due to extensive flooding. It also warned of potential threat from flying debris. There could be damage to agricultural crops.
 
In West Godavari and Krishna districts of Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts), there could be damage to thatched huts, breaking of tree branches causing minor damage to power and communication lines, uprooting of small trees and damage to agricultural crops.
 
The IMD called for total suspension of fishing operations in the area of influence of the cyclone, extensive evacuation of people from the coastal areas, and diversion or suspension of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic.
 
People in the vulnerable areas have been advised to remain at safe places around the landfall period.
 
The bulletin pointed out that, even after landfall, the system would maintain the intensity of very severe cyclonic storm for six hours and gradually weaken into a cyclonic storm in the subsequent six hours while moving
northwestwards across south interior Odisha and Chattisgarh. 
 
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Under its influence, rainfall would occur at most places over south Chhattisgarh, adjoining Telangana and south Odisha, with heavy falls at a few places and isolated heavy to very heavy falls over north Chattisgarh and north Odisha. Gale wind speed reaching 100-120 kmph gusting to 130 kmph would also prevail for six hours after landfall and 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph for subsequent six hours over East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts of Odisha during the same period.
 
Squally winds speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph would also prevail for 12 hours after landfall over south Chattisgarh and adjoining districts of north Telangana and south Odisha, the bulletin added.
 

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AP, Odisha on high alert as cyclone Hudhud races towards east coast

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People and authorities in the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha were on high alert today as the tropical cyclone Hudhud over the Bay of Bengal raced towards the east coast and likely to make landfall near Visakhapatnam by forenoon tomorrow.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a bulletin issued at 0830 hours today that the very severe cyclone over westcentral Bay of Bengal was now within the range of the Doppler Weather Radar at Visakhapatnam, which has been tracking it since this morning in addition to satellite and other observational tools.
 
According to latest observations, Hudhud had moved west northwestwards during the past six hours and lay centered at 0530 hrs IST today near latitude 15.9ºN and longitude 85.7ºE, about 330 km southeast of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and 380 km south-southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha.
 
"The system would move west-northwestwards for some more time. It would then move northwestwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of 12th October 2014," it said.
 
The bulletin said that, under the influence of the system, there would be rainfall most places over West and East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Kalahandi, Phulbani districts of south Odisha during the next 48 hours, with heavy (6.5 – 12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5 – 24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (24.5 cm and more).
 
It said rainfall would occur at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Krishna, Guntur and Prakasham districts of Andhra Pradesh and north coastal Odisha during the same period.
 
Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would prevail along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts during the next 12 hours, it said.
 
The wind speed would gradually increase to 140-150 kmph gusting to 165 kmph around the time of landfall along and off north Andhra Pradesh (East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts) and 80-90 kmph along and off adjoining districts of south Andhra Pradesh (West Godavari, Krishna districts) and south Odisha (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts).
 
The bulletin said the sea condition along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts would be rough to very rough during the next 12 hours. It would gradually become phenomenal from tomorrow morning onwards along and off north Andhra Pradesh coast and very rough to high along and off south Odisha and south Andhra Pradesh coast.
 
Storm surge of about 1-2 meters above astronomical tide would inundate low lying areas of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall of the cyclone, it said.
 
The bulletin said the cyclone was expected to cause extensive damage to "kutcha" houses in coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh, uproot big trees and cause partial disruption of power and communication lines. There would be minor disruption of rail and road traffic, potential threat from flying debris and flooding of escape routes, along with some damage to agricultural crops.
 
 
Cyclone Hudhud: Evacuation begins in Andhra, Odisha
It said there could be damage to thatched huts, breaking of tree branches, causing minor damage to power and communication lines, uprooting of small trees and damage to agriculture crops in south Andhra Pradesh (West Godavari, Krishna districts) and south Odisha coasts (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts).
 
The bulletin called for suspension of fishing operations in the area of influence of the cyclone and judicious regulation of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic. People in coastal areas must be evacuated to safer places and should remain indoors in safe places around the landfall period, the bulletin added.
 
Collectors of all the districts in the area have been put on high alert and asked to take all possible precautionary measures to prevent the loss of lives and minimise the damage to property.
 
Among other things, they have been asked to open relief camps, shift people from vulnerable areas and ensure adequate availability of essential commodities.
 
The Armed Forces have kept their assets and personnel in readiness to cope with any situation that might arise, while teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have already been deployed in the areas likely to be affected by the cyclone.
 

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AP, Odisha on high alert as cyclone Hudhud turns "very severe"

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People and authorities in north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coastal districts were on high alert today as the tropical cyclone Hudhud over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm and was expected to cross the east coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of October 12.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued at 2000 hours today said the cyclone over west-central Bay of Bengal had moved north-westwards and lay centered at 1730 hours IST near latitude 15.2ºN and longitude 86.7ºE, about 460 km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and 490 km south-southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha.
 
"The system would move west-northwestwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of 12th October 2014," it said.
 
The IMD said that, under the influence of the system, there would be rainfall at most places over West and East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Kalahandi and Phulbani districts of south Odisha from October 11 onwards, with heavy (6.5 – 12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5 – 24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (24.5 cm and more).
 
 
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The bulletin said rainfall would also occur at most places, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places, over Krishna, Guntur and Prakasham districts of Andhra Pradesh and north coastal Odisha during the same period.
 
Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would commence along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts from October 11 morning onwards. The wind speed would gradually increase to 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph from October 12 morning along and off  north Andhra Pradesh (East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts) and 80-90 kmph along and off adjoining districts of 
south Andhra Pradesh (West Godavari, Krishna districts) and south Odisha (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts).
 
The sea condition would be rough to very rough from October 11 morning. It would gradually become phenomenal from October 12 morning onwards along and off north Andhra Pradesh coast and very rough to high along and off south Odisha coast.
 
The bulletin warned that storm surge of about 1-2 metres above astronomical tide would inundate low lying areas of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall.
 
The bulletin said the cyclone was expected to cause extensive damage to "kutcha" houses, uproot big trees and cause partial disruption of power and communication lines. There would be minor disruption of rail and road traffic, potential threat from flying debris and flooding of escape routes, along with some damage to agricultural crops.
 
The bulletin called for suspension of fishing operations in the area of influence of the cyclone and judicious regulation of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic. People in coastal areas must be evacuated to safer places and should remain indoors in safe places around the landfall period, the bulletin added.
 
Collectors of all the districts in the area have been put on high alert and asked to take all possible precautionary measures to prevent the loss of lives and minimise the damage to property.
 
Among other things, they have been asked to open relief camps, if necessary, shift people from vulnerable areas and ensure adequate availability of essential commodities.
 
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Navy on high alert for relief efforts as cyclone Hudhud heads to east coast

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As the severe cyclone Hudhud is poised to strike the east coast of India in the forenoon of October 12, the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy has assumed high degree of readiness to render necessary humanitarian assistance. 
 
Four Indian Naval ships are standing by to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake Humanitarian Aid & Disaster Relief (HADR), evacuation and logistic support including providing medical aid. 
 
These ships embarked with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats, integral helicopters and relief material including food, tentage, clothes, medicines, blankets and so on in quantities sufficient to sustain over 5000 personnel, an official press release said.
 
The Eastern Naval Command is monitoring the situation closely and is in constant communication with the state governments of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha to augment the rescue and relief operations. 
 
Six aircraft are standing by at the Naval Air Station INS Dega to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, casualty evacuation and air drop of relief material to the stranded, if necessary,
 
Additionally, 30 diving teams and four platoons with additional relief material are ready to be pressed into action at short notice, the release added.
 
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People in north AP, south Odisha coastal districts brace for cyclone Hudhud

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People and authorities in north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coastal districts are on high alert as the tropical cyclone Hudhud over the Bay of Bengal is expected to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours and cross the coast around Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh by the forenoon of October 12.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued at 0800 hours today said the cyclone over west-central and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal had moved north-westwards and lay centered at 0530 hrs IST near latitude 14.4ºN and longitude 87.6ºE, about 590 km south-east of Visakhapatnam and 610 km south-southeast of Gopalpur. 
 
"The system would move westnorthwestwards, intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours. Thereafter, it would cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of 12th October, 2014," the bulletin said.
 
Collectors of all the districts in the area have been put on high alert and asked to take all possible precautionary measures to prevent the loss of lives and minimise the damage to property.
 
Among other things, they have been asked to open relief camps, if necessary, shift people from vulnerable areas and ensure adequate availability of essential commodities.
 
According to the IMD bulletin, under the influence of the system, there would be rainfall at most places, with heavy (6.5 -12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5 –24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (24.5 cm or more), over East Godavari,  Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha from tomorrow evening.
 
Rainfall would occur at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over remaining districts of Andhra Pradesh and north coastal Odisha during the same period, it said.
 
The bulletin said squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would commence along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts from tomorrow morning onwards. The wind speed would increase to 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph from October 12 morning along and off north Andhra coast and 80-90 kmph along and off south Odisha coast.
 
The sea condition along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts would rough to very rough from tomorrow morning. It would gradually become phenomenal from October 12 morning onwards along and off north Andhra coast and very rough to high along and off south Odisha coast.
Cyclone Hudhud to cross Vizag coast on 12th Oct: MeT Department
 
The bulletin warned that storm surge of about 1-2 metres above astronomical tide would inundate low-lying areas of East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall of the cyclone.
 
The cyclone is likely to cause extensive damage to "kutcha houses", partial disruption of power and communication lines and minor disruption of rail and road traffic. There could be potential threat from flying debris and flooding of escape routes, it said.
 
The bulletin called for susension of fishing operations in the area of influence of the cyclone and judicious regulation of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic. People in affected areas have been advised to remain at safe places around the landfall period.
 
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Crisis Management Committee reviews preparedness for Hudhud cyclone

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The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), chaired by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth, reviewed the preparedness for the “Hudhud” cyclone that likely to hit the coast of north Andhra Pradesh in the forenoon of October 12.
 
Mr Seth asked the representatives of all Central Ministries and Departments and Chief Secretaries of the concerned State Governments to take necessary steps for preparedness to meet any eventuality, an official press release said.
 
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Cyclone Hudhud likely to cross north AP coast by forenoon of Oct 12: IMD

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Image: Courtesy: IMD
The tropical cyclone Hudhud over east-central Bay of Bengal is expected to intensify and cross the north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of October 12, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said today.
 
A bulletin issued by the IMD at 0830 hours today said the cyclonic storm had moved west-northwestward and and lay centered at 0530 hrs IST near latitude 13.7ºN and longitude 89.2ºE, about 780 km south-southeast of Gopalpur and 770 km southeast of Visakhapatnam. 
 
"The system would continue to move west-northwestwards, intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours. The system would cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of 12th October 2014," it said.
 
The bulletin said no adverse weather was expected due to this system over Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
 
It said that rainfall would occur at most places over south Odisha from October 11 evening onwards, with heavy (6.5 – 12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5 – 24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (24.5 cm or more).
 
Rainfall would also occur at most places, with heavy rainfall to very heavy rainfall at a few places, over Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh and districts of north coastal Odisha during the same period, it said.
 
 
Cyclone alert for Odisha, Andhra Pradesh
The bulletin said squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would commence along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts from October 11 morning onwards. The wind speed would increase to 130-140 kmph gusting to 150 kmph from October 12 morning onwards.
 
Under the influence of system, extensive damage could be caused to "kutcha" houses. There could be partial disruption of power and communication lines. Minor disruption of rail and road traffic could also be caused. There could be potential threat from flying debris and flooding of  escape routes.
 
The bulletin called for suspension of fishing operations in the area of influence of the cyclone and judicious regulation of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic. People in affected areas have been advised to remain at safe places around the landfall period.
 
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Cyclone Hudhud likely to cross north AP, south Odisha coast on Oct 12: IMD

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The cyclonic storm Hudhud is expected to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm and cross north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur around noon on October 12, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
A bulletin issued by the IMD at 2000 hours today said the cyclone over south-east Bay of Bengal had moved west-north-westward and lay centered at 1730 hrs IST near latitude 12.8ºN and longitude 91.0ºE, about 970 km southeast of Gopalpur and 1000 km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam. 
 
"The system would continue to move west-northwestwards, intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 36 hours. The system would cross north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur around noon of 12th October 2014," it said.
 
The bulletin said that, under the influence of the system, there would be rainfall at many places over Andman & Nicobar Islands during the next 12 hours, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places.
 
Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting into 70 kmph would prevail in and around Andaman and Nicobar Islands during the next 12 hours. The sea condition around Andaman and Nicobar islands will be high during the next 12 hours, it said.
 
The bulletin said the cyclone was expected to cause damage to thatched huts and minor damage to power and communication lines in the islands. Fishermen were advised not to venture into the sea along and off Andaman & Nicobar Islands during the next 24 hours.
 
The bulletin also forecast rainfall at most places on the north Andhra Pradesh coast and south Odisha coast from October 11 evening onwards, with heavy (6.5 – 12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5 – 24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (? 24.5 cm).
 
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Rainfall would occur at most places, with heavy rainfall to very heavy rainfall at a few places, over Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh and districts of north coastal Odisha during the same period.
 
Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would commence along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts from October 11 morning onwards, it said. The wind speed would increase to 130-140 kmph gusting to 150 kmph from October 12 morning, it said.
 
The sea condition would be rough to very rough from October 11 morning. It would gradually become phenomenal from October 12 morning onwards, it said.
 
The IMD warned that there could be extensive damage to "kutcha" houses and partial disruption of power and communication cyclones under the influence of the system.
 
There could also be minor disruption of rail and road traffic, potential threat from flying debris and flooding of escape routes, it said.
 
The bulletin called for suspension of fishing operations in the area of influence of cyclone. It also suggested judicious regulation of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic. People in affected areas should remain at safe places around landfall period, it added.
 
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EC to hold bye-election on Nov 8 for Allagadda seat in AP Assembly

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The Election Commission today said it would hold a bye-election on November 8 to fill the casual vacancy from the Allagadda constituency in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
 
The notification for the bye-election will be isued on October 14 and the last date for making nominations is October 21. The last date for withdrawal of candidatures is October 24.
 
The counting of votes will be taken up on November 12, an official press release said.
 
The vacancy arose on May 16 this year when Ms Bhuma Shobha Nagi Reddy, a contesting candidate, died on April 24 during the elections to the Assembly and was declared elected, having secured the highest number of valid votes.
 
The bye-election could not be conducted earlier as some petitions were filed before the High Court of Andhra Pradesh in relation to the election from the constituency.
 
The High Court, in its interim order of September 25, in one of the petitions, directed that the Commission may hold election from the constituency in accordance with law, subject to its further orders in the matter, the release added.
 
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Cyclone Hudhud heads towards A&N Islands, may hit AP, Odisha on Oct 12

The cyclonic storm Hudhud headed towards Andaman & Nicobar Islands today and was likely to intensify and hit north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coast, between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur, around noon on October 12.
 
The cyclone lay centred at 0830 hrs IST today over north Andaman Sea near latitude12.3ºN and longitude 92.9ºE, close to Long Island. 
 
"It is now crossing Andaman & Nicobar Islands close to Long Island. Thereafter, the system would continue to move west-northwestwards, intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours and 
subsequently into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 36 hours," a bulletin issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) at noon today said.
 
"The system would cross north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coast between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur around noon of 12th October 2014," it said.
 
The bulletin said that, under the influence of the system, rainfall would occur at most places in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (?25 cm), during the next 24 hours.
 
It said the sea condition around Andaman and Nicobar Islands would be high during the next 24 hours.
 
The bulletin said there could be damage to thatched huts in the islands and minor damage to power and communication lines.
 
Met department issues cyclone warning in Odisha
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea along and off Andaman & Nicobar Islands during the next 48 hours. 
 
The bulletin also warned that there would be rainfall at most places on north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts, with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls, from the evening of October 11.
 
Heavy rain to very heavy rainfall would also commence at a few places over Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram. Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh and districts of north coastal Odisha during the same period, it said.
 
Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would commence along north Andhra and Odisha coasts from the morning of October 11, it said. The wind speed would increase to 130-140 kmph gusting to 150 from October 12 morning.
 
The bulletin said the sea condition along north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coast would be rough to very rough from October 11 morning. It would gradually become phenomenal from October 12 morning onwards, the bulletin added.
 
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Cyclone alert issued for Andaman & Nicobar Islands; AP, Odisha asked to watch out

Met department issues cyclone warning in Odisha
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today issued a cyclone alert for the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and a pre-cyclone watch for north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts after a depression over north Andaman Sea and its neighbourhood intensified into a deep depression.
 
A bulletin issued by the IMD at 2000 hours said the depression had moved west-northwestwards during the past six hours, intensified into a deep depression and lay centered at 1730 hrs IST of today over north Andaman Sea and neighbourhood near latitude12.0 N and longitude 94.0 E, about 130 km 
east-southeast of Long Island.
 
The bulletin said the deep depression would further move west-northwestwards and intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours. It would cross Andaman & Nicobar Islands close to Long Island by tomorrow forenoon, it said.
 
"Thereafter, the system would continue to move west-northwestwards for some 
more time and then northwestwards towards north Andhra Pradesh - Odisha coast during subsequent 96 hours," it said.
 
The bulletin said that, under the system's influence, there would be rainfall at most places in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (>=25 cm) during the next 36 hours.
 
It said squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph would prevail in and around 
Andaman and Nicobar Islands during the next six hours. The wind speed would increase gradually reaching gale wind speed of 70-80 kmph by tomorrow morning.
 
The sea condition around Andaman and Nicobar islands is very rough. It would 
become high during the next 24 hours.
 
The storm is expected to cause damage to thatched huts in Andaman & Nicobar Islands and minor damage to power and communication lines.
 
Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea along and off Andaman & Nicobar Islands during the next 48 hours, the bulletin added.
 
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Krishnapatnam port flags off direct container service between India, Myanmar

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Krishnapatnam Port, one of the largest and fastest growing ports on the east coast of India, has flagged off a direct fortnightly container shipping service, operated by the Shipping Corporation of India, between the Indian sub-continent and Myanmar.
 
The service is expected to change the way sea trade has been so far on the east coast, a press release from the company said.
 
The privately built and owned all-weather deep water port is located in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, about 190 km north of Chennai and 25 km east of this city.
 
Mr C Sasidhar, Managing Director, Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited and Capt S Narula, Director-Liner & Passenger Services, The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd flagged off the Yangon direct service, operated with SCI vessel MV Kamal, at the Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal on October 3. 
 
The release said the new service, with a 1200 TEUs vessel, will connect the ports of Chennai, Krishnapatnam, Yangon and Colombo and will enable the trade to reach these destinations quicker and at a reduced cost. 
 
Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal’s (KPCT) global standards and efficient services will help the traders to export clinker, telecom equipment and cars; import pulses, timber and garments, it said.
 
"In line with the Government focus on developing bilateral trade between India and Yangon, Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited (KPCL) has always been at the forefront in deriving strategies and methodologies that would bring various corporates and trade associations from both the countries to connect, partner and do business for mutual benefits. Earlier, KPCT organised a trade meet in Yangon to showcase the business opportunities for mutual trade. KPCT was also the first to hold a trade meet in Abidjan, Ivory Coast that saw a significant increase in export of rice," the release said.
 
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Mr C Sasidhar, Managing Director, Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited, said, “We are grateful for the Shipping Corporation of India new service from our Port and this will definitely change the way sea trade has been so far on the East Coast.”
 
“At KPCL, we go beyond our business objectives and look at achieving a global partnership between nations. We aim to bring a paradigm shift in the Indian Shipping industry and look forward for more such initiatives in future,” he added.
 
Capt S Narula, Director-Liner & Passenger Services, The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd,said, “The Yangon service will boost bilateral trade relations between India and Myanmar by opening immense opportunities for exporters and importers in these countries. We are glad to associate with Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal for the new service and thereby facilitate trade to reach out to the growing markets in Myanmar.”
 
 Currently in its second phase of development, Krishnapatnam Port is designed to be one of the biggest ports in the world. It has witnessed a total investment of nearly $ 1 billion till date.
 
The port is promoted by the CVR Group, a diversified group having a turnover of over $ 1 billion and an order book of $ 10 billion comprising power, steel, port establishment, spatial technology & applications, information technology and exports.
 
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Govt. to form JVs for revival of Talcher, Ramagundam fertiliser plants

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Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers Ananth Kumar has said that the government proposes to from two joint ventures (JVs) for the revival of the closed fertilizers plants at Talcher in Odisha and at Ramagundam in Telangana. 
 
Mr Kumar stated this after discussions he held yesterday on the issue with Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, the Secretaries in the Departments of Coal and Fertilisers and the Chairman and Managing Director of Coal India Limited.
 
He said an investment of about Rs 9000 crore was proposed to be made on these proejcts.
 
Mr Kumar hoped that thedevelopment and extension of Jagdishpur-Haldia natural gas pipeline in the northern and eastern regions and Dabhol-Bangalore pipeline in the southern region would give a fillip to fertilizer plants and other industries on the two routes.
 
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