Cyclone Vardah Rattles Chennai, Claims 10 in Tamil Nadu
The Cyclone Vardah made a landfall in Chennai on Monday afternoon between 3 pm to 5 pm bringing to the metropolitan area to a standstill.
With a wind speed of around 110-120kmph, the cyclonic weather system grew into a “very severe cyclonic storm” wrecking havoc across the the city as “the eye of the storm” crossed Chennai near the city port.
The cyclone which was first noticed five days ago, forced people to stay indoors as it rattled through the city uprooting trees, toppling cars, bringing down hoardings, disrupting public transport, electricity and telecommunications to grinding halt.
As per the Met department, the storm was measuring nearly 40 km in diameter.
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Before the storm struck Chennai on Monday, the city itself had received a rainfall of 16 cm. Official sources said nearly 8,000 people were evacuated from the low-lying areas and sent to 95 relief shelters.
Vardah, an Urdu word meaning red rose, is likely to turn into a deep depression on Tuesday, as per the sources.
As per official sources, nearly 568 trees were uprooted along 471 bus routes obstructing the normal flow of traffic in the city.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said the storm has claimed ten lives in the state.
Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam announced a compensation of Rs. 4 lakh each to families of ten victims who died due to rain triggered by Cyclone Vardah.
In the wake of the cyclone, the Tamil Nadu government declared a holiday for schools in three districts on Tuesday.
Both flight operations and train services were also suspended in the aftermath of the cyclone.