Cyclone Helen

Cyclone Helen, the second major storm to hit the Andhra coast in four weeks since Phailin, made landfall on the coast south of Machilipatnam around 1.30 pm on Friday. It left an aftermath of death and devastation, killing 10 people and damaging standing crop over thousands of acres in Krishna, West and East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts.
 Torrential rains and gales up to speeds of 120 kmph knocked down electricity poles, orchards and hoardings in the four districts, with East and West Godavari bearing the brunt of Helen’s fury. Konaseema region in East Godavari was strewn with wreckage while roads in many villages were engulfed by surging waves and heavy rains.

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