A massive cyclone lashed coastal areas of southern India on Sunday with winds of up to 112 miles/180 kilometers an hour and torrential rain, killing at least eight people and uprooting trees, damaging houses and crops and forcing hundreds of thousands of people to withdraw from their homes. It was a Tropical Cyclone named Hudhud, equivalent of a strong Category 3 hurricane. It is formally known as Cyclone 3B, which is the first organized tropical system in the Bay of Bengal since the middle of May. The strongest tropical cyclone Hudhud is so far this season in the northern Indian Ocean, beating out Nanauk which had winds peaking at 85 km ph/50 mph. This is the second named cyclone of the northern Indian Ocean season, in which more than 500,000 residents in five coastal districts have already been evacuated, electricity lines were down, the schools remained close immediately, and communication systems were only partially working.
An electrical poles show down in television footage, train and cellphone services were disrupted, and uprooted trees and debris strewn in the streets. Also storm, dubbed Hudhud, hit the coast between Bheemili and Kailasagiri, in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh near the port city of Visakhapatnam, at 11:30 AM, local time of India, in which the cyclone is expected to trigger storm surges of up to five feet and inundate the low lying coastal areas of the state.
In Andhra Pradesh about 250,000 people and thousands more in Orissa was affected by the storm, most of them were the poor farmers or the fishermen.
After a cyclone pounded and weather improved A major relief operation was underway in India on Monday, the air force used planes and helicopters to drop food packets in affected places in and around Visakhapatnam, the city hit worst by Sunday's severe cyclone, said a statement by India's Home Ministry.
India rescue team reached several coastal areas to evacuate the 11,853 people in Andhra Pradesh city and 1,403 in Orissa state to safer places. About 4 Lack peoples were evacuated from coastal regions of the 2 cities ahead of the storm, and more than hundred of shelters were set up to house them, helping to reduce sufferers. The country India has a disastrous record of response to natural calamities. India can safely evacuate about a million people before cyclone Phailin hit Orissa city at last October. The strongest and most powerful tropical storm to hit India in more than a decade, Phailin claimed only about 25 lives but destroyed hundreds of millions of DOLLARS' worth of crops.
Here we concluded that the Indian Ocean is a cyclone hotspot. In which Thirty Five deadliest storms in recorded history, 27 have come through the Bay of Bengal and have landed in either India or Bangladesh.