Cyclonic Storm Hudhud struck the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha on 12 October 2014. The cyclone carried heavy rains and winds of almost 155 to 190 kilometer per hour with it and killed at least eight people and left behind a trail of devastation.
Hudhud that made its landfall in Visakhapatnam known to locals as Vizag disrupted electricity and telecommunications services as well as road and rail traffic along the coast. It also damaged thousands of homes and uprooted several trees.
India Meteorological Department has predicted that the cyclone will bring heavy rainfall at few places including Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Kalahandi, Phulbani districts of south Odisha during the next 24 hours.
Response of the action team to the Cyclone
In response to the devastation caused by the cyclone, the navy will lead a joint armed forces relief operation code named Lehar. The Air Force sent its machines from Delhi, Jorhat bases and the Indian Coast Guard inducted its 17 vessels and 11 planes for rescue and relief operations in Andhra and Odisha. The Army also alerted its areas offices in Andhra, Telangana, Karnataka and Kerala and kept its columns ready to take up rescue and relief operations.
The rescue team evacuated more than 7 lakh people (5 lakh in Andhra Pradesh and 2 lakh in Odisha) from the coastal areas of both states and kept them in more than 3000 shelter centers.
The cyclone Hudhud was similar to cyclone Phailin that crossed the Odisha coast in 2013 leaving behind a trail of destruction.
Cyclone Hudhud was named after the national bird of Israel and was taken from the list of names suggested by Oman. The name was derived from the Hoopoe bird, a colorful insectivorous bird found across Afro-Eurasia. Hudhud is an Arabic word for hoopoe and as a bird it finds special references in the Koran and is described as the leader of birds in the Persian text The Conference of the Birds.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) that issues cyclone advisors to eight countries (India, Bangladesh, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand) has a list of names that has been contributed by each of these countries. The name of the cyclone that occurs in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal is picked from the list of the names that has been submitted. The cyclones are named in such way that each country is given a chance to name a cyclone and once each of them gets their turn a next list of names is followed.
The current cyclone is named Hudud (Oman) and the others that will occur in future will be named as Nilofar (Pakistan), Priya (Sri Lanka) and Komen (Thailand).
When: on 12 October 2014