Oct 12, 2014

Cyclone Hudhud blasts India's east coast, at least five dead

Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh1
Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh1
Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh1
India
by
Jatindra Dash
,
Reuters
A man carries his wife to a safer ground after a wave hits a beach in Gopalpur in Ganjam district in the eastern Indian state of Odisha October 12, 2014. Image: Stringer, Reuters
A man carries his wife to a safer ground after a wave hits a beach in Gopalpur in Ganjam district in the eastern Indian state of Odisha October 12, 2014. Image: Stringer, Reuters

Cyclone Hudhud blasted India's eastern seaboard on Sunday with gusts of up to 195 km per hour (over 120 mph), uprooting trees, damaging buildings and killing at least five people despite a major evacuation effort. The port city of Visakhapatnam, home to two million people and a major naval base, was hammered as the cyclone made landfall, unleashing the huge destructive force it had sucked up from the warm waters of the Bay of Bengal...Most people heeded warnings to take refuge, but five were killed by falling trees and masonry, and thousands of homes were damaged, emergency officials said.