We take a look back at the time in 2014 when Vizag was reeling in the aftermath of Cyclone Hudhud. A throwback, looking at the city that paid dearly in the rendezvous with the brute force of Mother Nature.
“A vibrant green city next to the verdant blue Bay of Bengal” these were apt words to describe our charming home. But that became passé for a time, thanks to the million-hooded serpent of a cyclone Hudhud that violently gate-crashed the shores of Vizag from inside the Bay of Bengal, uninvited, on the dreaded Sunday the 12th October. Now in a throwback to the destruction and devastation of unimaginable magnitude, ‘thanks’ should ‘perforce’ be used.
A throwback would look at blustery winds coupled with heavy downpours at the speed of as high as 200+ km/h simply ran amok and roughshod over the land destroying everything in its path while moving. The extent of damage that it caused to humans and nature was almost unimaginable. There were scenes that seemed to be straight out of Hollywood disaster thrillers – like brand new cars positioned in the third/fourth floors of a showroom simply rolled and fell to the ground near Muralinagar. Not a single big tree in Vizag Steel Township and Andhra University, probably the greenest areas in entire India, could withstand the fury.
Here are 10 photos of Vizag’s worst disaster, HudHud, that reflect Vizag’s devastation in 2014.