Tragedy and devastation after Cyclone Vardah

Tragedy and devastation after Cyclone Vardah

Tragedy and devastation after Cyclone Vardah

Written by Staff Writer

13 Dec, 2016 | 1:42 pm

According to foreign media, at least ten people were killed and thousands evacuated from coastal areas in two southern Indian states, after Cyclone Vardah lashed India on Monday December 12.

Cyclone Vardah moved west over the Bay of Bengal before hitting Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu, as well as neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, the Indian Meteorological Department said, describing it as a “very severe storm”.

Strong wind of up to 140 kph battered the densely populated coast, uprooting trees and bringing down electricity pylons.

Close to 33,000 people in the states of Tamil Nadu and Andra Pradesh were evacuated to safer locations.

Flights at Chennai airport were cancelled, railway services in the area suspended and schools and colleges were closed.However, flights to and from the state of Tamil Nadu have now resumed.

An Indian Navy spokesman said that Navy ships and aircraft, as well as 30 diving teams, are assisting people and carrying out relief operations.

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