The cyclone Vardah had that hit the Tamil Nadu capital on Monday evening and had claimed ten lives. Thousands of people are evacuated as roaring winds, clocking speeds of over 100 km an hour has devastated and uprooted trees, tore off hoardings and toppled cars.
"Total human loss reported is 10 including four in Chennai, 2 in Kanchipuram, 2 in Tiruvallur district and one each in Viluppuram and Nagapattinam," a statement issued by the NDMA read.
A total of 1,1899 people are evacuated and sheltered in the relief camps as the local administration had worked overtime to bring back normalcy in the state.
"Nearly 394 relief camps were set up across the state and more than 15,000 food packets were distributed among the cyclone victims," NDRF sources said.
"Our officers are working hard to clear rest of the roads," a senior NDRF official said.
"After 1994, this is the first very severe cyclonic storm to hit Chennai coast. The storm has completely crossed the coast as expected (this evening)," a senior Met Official said.
M L Sahu, Director of India Meteorological Department's observatory in Goa had said that Cyclone Vardah will hit Karnataka On Tuesday and pass through south of Goa on Wednesday.
"The intensity of the cyclone has had a severe impact on the infrastructure of Chennai Division, resulting in considerable damage. Overhead electrical lines have been damaged at several locations," Anupam Sharma, Divisional Railway Manager, Southern Railway said.
"As a result of disruption of overhead electrical lines, 16 trains have been held up in Jolarpettai – Chennai Central section and four trains in Villupuram – Chennai Egmore section. Several Chennai-bound trains have been regulated at various stations of Chennai division,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in a series of tweets, expressed solidarity with the people in cyclone-hit areas. "My prayers are with all those people who are affected due to adverse weather conditions caused by #CycloneVardah. Stay safe," he said in a tweet.
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