Cyclone Vardah :Cyclone Vardha has hit Chennai very hard on Monday. The city is facing utmost hardships since the landfall. There has been a huge destruction of assets due to the heavy winds and rains.
Officials of National Disaster Response Force said that 10 deaths have been noted due to this cyclone in Tamil Nadu (4 in Chennai, 2 in Kancheepuram, 2 in Tiruvallur, 1 in Villupuram and 1 in Nagapattinam).
Tamil Nadu : More than 10,000 People relocated, Death toll rises to 10
Cyclone Vardah has hit Chennai Coast with devastating wind force touching 150kmph and made landfall near Chennai Harbour on Monday evening. The destruction due to the cyclone has been noted over from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh to Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu.
Thousands of trees have been uprooted due to this heavy storm. As per the officials, the death toll could increase due to the severity of the storm. More than 10,000 people living in low-lying areas have been moved to safety by the officials.
The international airport in the area was shut down from 11 am on Monday evening and also the runways were closed. Chennai, Tiruvallur, and Kancheepuram districts stayed in darkness as the Tangedco, the power distribution company has cut down the power supply keeping as a measure keeping in mind the destruction to be caused by the cyclone.
CM Paneerselvam announces 4 lakhs exgratia to deceased families:
On Monday night, Chief Minister Paneerselvam said that restoration of electricity would start midnight and complete restoration of power to all the three districts would take one to two days.
He also announced ex-gratia of Rs. 4 lakhs each for the families who lost their dear ones for the cyclone.
Airport & Railways Suspended Services, Power Shut Downs in many Places in TN:
Chennai Airport Closed Due to Heavy Rains :
Due to the heavy winds, thousands of trees uprooted onto the national highways causing problems to the traffic on highways connecting Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, New Delhi and Mumbai.
A senior MeT department official said ‘After 1994, this is the first very severe cyclonic storm to hit Chennai coast. The storm has completely crossed the coast as expected (this evening). The Cyclone Vardah hit the Chennai Coast at 2.30 pm and made its landfall near the Harbour at 6.30 pm. The maximum speed of winds was 150 kmph at one point.”