Memories of last year’s devastation caused by cyclone Phalin is still fresh for the eastern coast of India. But before it could be washed out once again the eastern coast is witnessing another wide scale devastation caused by the massive cyclone Hudhud. Cyclone Hudhud made landfall near Vishakhapatnam on Sunday leading to a massive destruction to the infrastructure of the state.
Sine the last two days, the Indian states of Orissa, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have been on high alert. Owing to the massive evacuation exercise on Saturday, the casualties haven’t been massive as compared to past cyclones in India.
The cyclone hit Vizag at 180 kmph and intensified in the next few hours. According to Andhra Pradesh’s Revenue (Disaster Management) Department, a total of 2,48,004 people were affected by Hudhud, which also damaged 70 houses and left 34 animals dead.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has asked the Centre to declare the very severe cyclone storm ‘Hudhud’ that hit the state’s coast as a national calamity and also sought an ad hoc relief package of Rs 2,000 crore. Right now the severe cyclone speed is limited to 100-110 kmph.
For the rest of the country and specially people hooked to social media, Monday morning brought in the pictures of the massive devastation. Cyclone Hudhud is trending on both Facebook and Twitter. Twitter is witnessing keywords such as Vizag and Vishakhapatnam trending on top of the Twitter trends.
Below are some of the curated images shared on social media that speak of the cyclone’s destruction. The visuals are proof enough that it would take months to restore the damage in Vishakapatnam.
1. Devastated Vizag Airport