Cyclone Vardah, which hit the Tamil Nadu coast on Monday afternoon, is likely to reach Chennai according to the weather Experts. The Cyclone was accompanied by heavy rain and strong winds which brought life to a standstill in Tamil Nadu and some parts of Andhra Pradesh.
The Army operations were also on a standby and more than 16,000 people have been evacuated. Before crawling to India, Vardah had originated in Southern Thailand and caused the death of about a dozen people there. Cyclone Vardah has hit land with wind speeds of between 120 and 130 kmph. It has lead to the death of 2 and a huge damage to property in India.
Flights have been suspended in the affected areas.
People in Chennai and nearby areas have been advised to stay indoors. Schools and colleges have been closed. The Air Force Base at Tambaram near Chennai said it is prepared for “any contingency. 15 teams of the National Disaster Relief Force have been deployed along the coast.
Currently experiencing heavy rainfall and strong winds, Tamil Nadu is said to have been under alert for about 10 days. Fishermen along the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have been asked not to go near the sea since November 30. Life in the affected areas is still to a standstill, and people are being evacuated by the rescuers from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams.