Hudhud: PM Modi to chair meet today; evacuation begins in AP, Odisha as cyclone speeds up

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Cyclone Hudhud
Odisha, Oct 11: With the Cyclone Hudhud nearing the coastal area, tens of thousands of people from low-lying areas of coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh have been evacuated. The Cyclone is expected to make a landfall near Visakhapatnam by forenoon on Sunday.

As per reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also hold a high-level meeting this evening to review preparedness for the approaching Cyclone Hudhud in both Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.

Thousands of people have already been shifted from Andhra Pradesh districts of Srikakulam, Vijayanagaram, Visakhapatnam and East Godavari.

24,000 people were shifted from Visakhapatnam district, 15,000 from Vizianagaram and 46,000 from Srikakulam and 160 from East Godavari district so far, special commissioner, state disaster management authority, K Hymavathi told PTI.

"Cyclone Hudhud will cross the coast tomorrow from Vizag. Heavy to very heavy rainfall are likely to be experienced. South coastal Odisha districts will also face the cyclone," Director of Met Department, K Ramachandra Rao, told ANI.

Indian Railways has cancelled 40 trains between Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam while 40 others have been diverted.

The administration of both the states have set up relief camps and stocked up essentials including food, water and medicines for the Hudhud cyclone.

(With inputs from agencies)

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