Cyclone Vardah day after as it happened: Rajnath Singh holds meet to monitor relief work in TN, AP

Cyclonic storm Vardah, which was earlier expected to weaken considerably, may not see its intensity going down when it makes landfall near Chennai on Monday. According to the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department, (IMD), Vardah

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Day after Vardah: Chennai feels like a forest

Chennaities woke up to uprooted trees, big broken branches blocking the roads, fallen name boards, hoardings, damaged compound walls and vehicles under fallen trees, power cut and lack of milk supplies on Tuesday, a day after severe cyclone Vardah ripped through the city.

People in the residential localities after being awed by the damage caused by the cyclone started cleaning their compound of fallen trees, leaves and other muck that was blown by the cyclonic winds.

"It is as if we are in the midst of a forest," quipped A Viswanath, a businessman surveying the fallen trees in his locality.

In a statement issued on Monday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said over 4,000 trees fell.

According to citizens, the number could be much more if one takes into account the trees inside the residential compounds.

While the authorities have cleared the main roads of fallen trees for traffic, it would take a couple of days for them to clear the trees in the residential areas.

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Blue Cross Society asks for help

In a Facebook post, the Blue Cross society in Chennai said that the organisation has been severly affected by cyclone and they need help urgently. 

"Please come down to the shelter directly to help and if you can deliver the supplies to No 72 Vellachery Main Road , Guindy or call into 044 22300666 or 9789096602."

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INS Shivalik and INS Kadmatt deployed at Bay of Bengal


ANI also reports that air services have resumed at Chennai airport

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Roads get cleared

Anna Salai, Kamarajar Salai, Poonamallee High road etc are just some of the roads that have been cleared after Cyclone Vardah made landfall in Chennai, tweeted the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Agency.

New Delhi: Cyclonic storm Vardah, which was earlier expected to weaken considerably, may not see its intensity going down when it makes landfall near Chennai on Monday. According to the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department, (IMD), Vardah, which is currently, a very severe cyclonic storm, will weaken, but only to a severe cyclonic storm.

Cyclone Vardah day after as it happened Rajnath Singh holds meet to monitor relief work in TN AP

Cyclone Vardah over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

The earlier forecast made by the IMD was that it would weaken into a cyclonic storm, thereby reducing its intensity considerably. At 9.30 am, the cyclone was lay centered around 105 kms east-northeast of Chennai.

By the time it makes a landfall, its wind speed is expected to be 100-110 kilometres per hours with winds gusting up to 120 kmph. The wind speed during a very severe cyclonic storm is 120 to 130 kmph. In a severe cyclonic storm the wind speed is somewhere between 110 to 80 kilometres per hour. One of the major reasons for destruction in any cyclone is the wind velocity, apart from heavy to heavy rains and flooding.

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 36 hrs. The rainfall intensity will increase gradually becoming heavy to very heavy rainfall (7-19 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall (20 centimetres) over Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Nellore and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh on 12 December, the IMD said.

Tidal wave of about one metre height above the astronomical tide is very likely to inundate the low lying areas of Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Nellore districts of Andhra Pradesh during the time of landfall.

With inputs from PTI

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