Cyclone Vardah pics and videos: Rainfall, gusty winds in TN, AP

Giving details about Cyclone Vardha, an India Meteorological Department press release said, A depression developed over southeast Bay of Bengal (BOB) in the afternoon of December 6.

The Tamil Nadu government had earlier issued an advisory urging people to stay indoors until 4pm.

Operations at Chennai airport were suspended for the entire night, with almost 170 services being disrupted through the day even as 10 flights were cancelled.

According to officials, the landfall would continue for around four hours with rains and strong winds.

This affect train services, said Anupam Sharma, the Divisional Railway Manager.

Power supply was suspended in many parts of these regions as a precautionary measure.

In a statement, he said 260 trees and 37 electric poles had fallen and 190 trees removed.

About 8,000 people from low-lying areas in north Chennai, Pazhaverkadu in Tiruvallur district and villages off Mamallapuram, in Kancheepuram district were safely evacuated to 95 relief shelters, officials said. By the time it makes a landfall, its wind speed is expected to be 100-110 kmph with winds gusting up to 120 kmph.

Rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry is very likely during the next 36 hours.

Strong wind of up to 140 kph (87 mph) battered the densely populated coast, uprooting trees and bringing down electricity pylons. There are seven teams in Andhra Pradesh-one is Nellore, two in Sullurpeta, one in Tada, two in Chittoor, and one in Ongole.

Several people in low lying areas of Pazhaverkadu, a fishing hamlet in Thiruvallur district, were evacuated to safer places and teams of NDRF and SDRF along with boats and local fishermen were on high alert to take up rescue and relief operations.

It has told the private sector to allow their workers to avail a holiday or work from home.

All schools and colleges are closed today.

  • Sylvester Abbott