NEW DELHI: Powerful cyclone Hudhud that slammed into India's eastern seaboard weakened as it moved inland Monday, leaving at least eight dead in its wake.
The storm crossed Odisha last night, passing through Mathili and Khairiput. As per latest information received from the Met department, it weakened into a deep depression this morning over south Chhattisgarh and neighborhood with wind speed of 50 to 60 kms per hour.
Visakhapatnam bore the brunt of the havoc yesterday, while the storm caused widespread damage in the north coastal districts of Srikakulam and Vizianagaram.
The death toll due to cyclone rose to 8, with two more deaths reported from Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts.
Heavy rainfall is predicted at a 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.
Heavy to very heavy falls are also expected in north Chhattisgarh, east Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar during next 48 hrs.
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has urged the Centre to treat the devastation caused by severe cyclonic storm, Hudhud as a "national calamity" and requested for an adhoc assistance of Rs 2,000 crore pending evaluation of the damages.
Mr. Naidu wrote a letter to this effect to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi after the latter spoke to him over telephone and assured the Chief Minister of all help from the Centre to tackle to the situation.