Chennai: Tropical cyclone Vardah, with the strength of a hurricane, hit Chennai with a wind speed of 140 km/h. It was classified as a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale at the time of the landfall.
The coastal areas witnessed heavy rainfall as a result, with effects felt deeper into the terrestrial areas up to the south-western coast of the country. People scurried for shelter as rains splashed through the cities and towns of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Daily life has been severely affected by the cyclone.
In response to the warning by the meteorological department, the Tamil Nadu government had closed all schools in the State. The State government has also taken steps to ensure the safety of the Kalpakkam Nuclear Power plant. Till now, 10 people have been reported dead.
Human loss 10(4 in Chennai, 2 in Kancheepuram, 2 in Tiruvallur, 1 in Villupuram and 1 in Nagapattinam).
— NDMA India (@ndmaindia) December 12, 2016
Through another tweet, The NDMA India Verified account @ndmaindia has also urged the people not to panic.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) are on high alert. Nineteen NDRF teams are pre-positioned in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Some additional teams have been kept on a standby. Eleven flood rescue teams have also been deployed.
As can be seen from the data and maps provided by GDACS, Hurricane Vardah is moving inwards into Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka after Tamil Nadu. Heavy rainfall and strong winds will continue to wreak havoc until the storm finally loses its speed. Storms usually become weaker as they travel inwards over land.
The GDACS has issued an Overall Red Tropical Cyclone alert. In a Red alert people take action to protect themselves and their property.
A Red Warning for heavy to very heavy rainfall is issued for the states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and an orange warning for heavy to very rainfall is in effect for the division of Rayalaseema.
Around 10 million lives in the states of Tamil Nadu,Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are affected as reported by GDACS estimates.Also, NASA is keeping a close watch on the situation through the data provided by satellites.
Incidentally, the name “Vardah” is suggested by Pakistan. The literal translation of the name is “red rose”. Cyclones are given names , not numbers so that it is easy to address the media and issue alerts to public.
The National Disaster Management authority declares that worst is over for Chennai and the cyclone is likely to move on and get weaker.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted his concern for the well-being of affected citizens.
Centre, @ndmaindia is working closely with local administrations & army for safety of life and property.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 12, 2016
[stextbox id=”alert”]Chennai Corporation helplines for Cyclone Vardah
25619206, 25619511, 25384965, 25383694, 25367823, 25387570
Grievances can also be sent via WhatsApp at these numbers