Cyclone VARDAH brings another trail of destruction in South India

Disaster Events

Cyclone Vardah that crossed Chennai coast on December 12, 2016 has affected the city’s functionality. The storm, the most intense cyclone to have hit the Tamil Nadu capital in two decades has left six people dead according to Times of India, snapped communication lines, flattened homes, and threw into disarry rail, road and air traffic as it crossed the coast.

As many as 30 trees on the premises of the Madras high court got uprooted. Several educational campuses in the city like IIT-Madras and Anna University that had a large forest cover also lost a considerable number of trees. Greater Chennai Corporation estimated the number of fallen trees at 2,810.

By 8 PM of December 2, National Disaster Response Force and the city police had cleared 650 uprooted trees and fallen signboards and street lamps.

According to Power System Operation Corporation Ltd (POSOCO), power generation at North Chennai Thermal Power Station’s (NCTPS) 600 MW Unit 1, two other units of NCTPS (one 600 MW and another 210 MW) and two 220 MW units at Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS) had stopped operating.

The NCTPS Unit 1 was hand tripped due to heavy winds on December 2 while the reason for stoppage of 210 MW unit at NCTPS is still unassessed. The two 220 MW units at Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS), too, stopped operating on Monday evening due to tripping of power evacuation lines.

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Board has deployed 4,000 personnel to set right power lines that supply 1850 MW of power to the city which has been damaged due to high speed winds that blew at a speed of 130 kmph.

The depression over north interior Tamil Nadu moved westwards, weakened into a well marked low pressure area over north interior Tamil Nadu & adjoining South Interior Karnataka at 8:30 AM of December 13.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning that rainfall at many places with isolated heavy falls over north interior Tamil Nadu and adjoining areas of south interior Karnataka & north Kerala is very likely till December 13 midnight.

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