Cyclone Hudhud hit India’s east coast with monstrous ferocity on Sunday, killing at least six people and leaving behind a trail of destruction in Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring Odisha.
Visakhapatnam which houses two million people and a major naval base was hammered as the cyclone made landfall at around 11.30am.
Winds at the speed of 200 kmph brought down power cables and steel towers besides uprooting trees and kutcha houses in the coastal districts.
Hudhud was likely to batter a 200-300 km stretch of coastline before losing force inland. Four districts in Andhra Pradesh that are home to more than 14 million people were likely to be worst hit, including about 350 coastal villages.
Out of the six deaths, three were reported from Andhra Pradesh and three from Odisha.
Huge waves hit the beach ahead of Cyclone Hudhud making expected landfall in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. (AFP Photo)
A view of Visakhapatnam city due to Cyclone hudhud on Sunday. (Arun Sharma/HT Photo)
People looke at a sea tide at Vizag a day before cyclone Hudhud hit land on Sunday. (PTI Photo)
Tidal waves hit the Vizag beach as Cyclone Hudhud reaches Visakhapatnam on Saturday. (PTI Photo)
A man carries his wife to safety after a wave hits a beach in Gopalpur in Ganjam district, Odisha. (Reuters)
Odisha disaster rapid action force (ODRAF) person deployed ahead of cyclone Hudhud in Ganjam district, Bhubaneswar on Thursday. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)
Police asks the people to move away from the beach area of Puri during cyclonic storm Hudhud in Puri, Odisha on Sunday. (Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)
Residents of seaside village Satabhaya are rescued after their boat sank in Bausagali river in Odisha's Kendrapada district on Saturday. (Arabinda Mahapatra/ HT Photo)
Fishermen negotiate their skiff through rough waves ahead of Cyclone Hudhud on Saturday. (AFP Photo)
Tidal waves hit Vizag beach as cyclone Hudhud reaches the port city of Visakhapatnam on Saturday. (PTI Photo)