Cyclone Vardah makes landfall in Chennai, 2 reported dead; here is what we know so far

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Updated: December 12, 2016 4:36:37 PM

Cyclone Vardah finally made landfall in Chennai at pm on Monday. Reports suggest that the tidal waves are expected to be at least 1 meter high.

Cyclone Vardah: (PTI)S Balachandran, MeT Director said that the north region of Tamil Nadu and South of Andhra Pradesh are expected to receive heavy rainfall and wind. Cyclone Vardah: (PTI)

Cyclone Vardah finally made landfall in Chennai at 3:20 pm on Monday. Reports suggest that the tidal waves are expected to be at least 1 meter high. S Balachandran, MeT Director said that the north region of Tamil Nadu and South of Andhra Pradesh are expected to receive heavy rainfall and wind. The Tamil Nadu government and the Indian army and navy seem to have been prepared for the cyclone. Even before the cyclone had made landfall, heavy winds blew across the city uprooting many trees. Streets appeared jammed throughout the day due to heavy rains and poor drainage systems. India’s cyclone season usually lasts from April to December, and storms often cause dozens of deaths, evacuations of tens of thousands of people from low-lying areas and widespread crop and property damage.

Here are a few updates on the Cyclone Vardah that hit land in Chennai on Monday:

2 people have been reported dead due to the cyclone in Chennai

Cyclone Vardah has commenced landfall in Chennai,it is in process and will take more than 2 hours to complete. Wind speed at present around 100-110 km/hour. Chennai recorded maximum wind speed of 192 Km/hour: M Mahapatra, ADG MeT Dept

Entire landfall process will b completed during nxt 1-2 hrs bt conditions to remain rough evn after that-National Disaster Management Authority 

All operations at the Chennai airport suspended till 6 PM today. Nearly 50 flights delayed or diverted, section of local train services suspended in Chennai.

It was reported that 7 army columns were ready and on standby for rescue and relief operations. Naval aircraft also standing by at the Naval Air Stations Rajali & Dega to be pressed into action to augment HADR ops. One Survey ship has been kept standby to undertake harbour survey in case of requirement, says the Navy.

Captain D K Sharma also said that two ships of Navy Shivalik and Kadmatt were already positioned in the north of the region and were prepared to provide immediate assistance when required. 22 diving teams have been kept standby at Visakhapatnam for immediate deployment, should the situation warrant. In addition to 10 diving teams embarked on IN Ships Shivalik & Kadmatt, 6 diving teams readied up for immediate deployment. One Survey ship has been kept standby to undertake harbour survey in case of requirement.

Food and other essential commodities have been kept ready in adequate quantities: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. 19 teams of NDRF deployed in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu: NDRF 

Request people not to venture out of their houses between 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea along and off south Andhra Pradesh during next 36 hours: Tamil Nadu Government.  

More than 9,400 people have also been evacuated to 54 relief centres safely so far, according to the Tamil Nadu government. Government of India, State government and related agencies are on alert: Union Minister Harsh Vardhan

Emergency contacts Chennai: 25619206,25619511,25384965 ,25383694, 25367823, 25387570

The India Meteorological department had earlier said that the cyclone Vadhra which is currently a very severe cyclonic storm would only weaken to a severe cyclonic storm.

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