Hud Hud sweeps towards Indian coast


The outer bands of Cyclone Hudhud are striking the eastern Indian coast, causing extensive damage and prompting the evacuation of 300,000 people.

The cyclone, classed "very severe" and bringing winds of up to 195km/h (120mph), is expected to make landfall in the next hour near Visakhapatnam.

Hundreds of trees have already been uprooted and power lines brought down in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states.

It is feared a storm surge of up to two metres could inundate low-lying areas.

Hundreds of relief centres have been opened in the two states.

The strength of the cyclone has been revised upwards since Friday, and the Indian Navy is on standby to assist.

Disaster relief teams are also being sent to the two states which will bear the brunt of the storm.


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