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In pictures: Cyclone Hudhud tears through India’s east coast

By Diksha Madhok

Cyclone Hudhud lashed the eastern Indian coast on Sunday, leaving at least six people dead, three each in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Mass evacuation in the two states—over 400,000 people have been moved to relief camps— minimised loss of life, but the government is waiting for the storm to abate to assess the extent of damage.

“We are unable to ascertain the situation. Seventy percent of communication has totally collapsed … this is the biggest calamity,” N. Chandrababa Naidu, chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, told a TV channel.

According to the ministry of defence, the “eye of the very severe cyclonic storm” crossed India at 11:30 am on Sunday, uprooting trees and damaging buildings. The cyclone had been moving at a speed of 20 kmph with wind speeds of the order of 180 kmph.

“I never imagined that a cyclone could be so dangerous and devastating,” a businessman in Visakhapatnam, a port city that was one of the worst affected, told Reuters. “The noise it is making would terrify anyone.”

The cyclone has lost its momentum now, and the relief work has begun.

The pictures below show how villagers, fishermen and women braved the storm.

Reuters
A man struggles with an umbrella in strong winds and rain caused by Cyclone Hudhud in Gopalpur in Ganjam district in Odisha.
AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout
A fisherman walks near the anchored fishing boats in Gopalpur, Orissa, about 285 kilometers (178 miles) north east of Visakhapatnam.
AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout
People run for shelter as heavy rain and wind gusts rip through the Bay of Bengal coast at Gopalpur, Orissa.
Reuters
Fishermen move a fishing boat to a safer place along the shore ahead of cyclone Hudhud at Ganjam district in Odisha.

 

AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout
A child sits inside a plastic bucket near his house on the Bay of Bengal coast at Gopalpur, Orissa.
AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout
A villager walks towards a shelter as heavy rain and wind gusts rip through Orissa
AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout
Fisherwomen watch the sea waves before evacuating the place near Podampeta village, on the outskirts of Gopalpur beach in Ganjam district, 140 kilometers (87 miles) south of Bhubaneswar.
India Meteorological Department
The path of the cyclone.