First Phailin, now Cyclone Hudhud -- a devastated tea seller's ordeal in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Oct 12: The worse phase has begun on Sunday, Oct 12 when "very severe" cyclone Hudhud made landfall in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coastal area. Navy sources informed that 180KmPH winds has been recorded as Hudhud made landfall at Kailasagiri in Vizag in Andhra.

Just one year after Phailin, now Hudhud created panic among people. Alam, a local tea seller on the side of Bhubaneswar -Vishakhapatnam highway, spoke to Oneindia while recalling the days when he and his family had witnessed cyclone Phailin.

Alam said, "A year ago Phailin destroyed us and now it's time for Hudhud," and also added, "We will be left nowhere."Power failures have been reported in Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam.

As a precautionary measure, 30 diving teams, 8 ships, 6 helicopters, 4 Dornier MR Aircrafts are on standby for R&R. P81 is also on standby for damage assessment.

It was exactly a year ago that Cyclone Phailin, comparable to the magnitude of Cyclone Hudhud, hit the north coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh leaving two dead and heavy loss of crops.

Over a lakh of people were evacuated from Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh prior to Cyclone Phailin.

Though it was initially expected that Cyclone Phailin would hit the coast at Srikakulam, it changed its course and hit Odisha triggering heavy rains and floods which marooned some parts of coastal districts of that state.

More than 2.5 lakh people were reportedly marooned in Odisha as a result of heavy rains and floods due to Cyclone Phailin which claimed the lives of 30 people in various rain-related incidents.

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