Cyclone Vardah throws normal life out of gear in Tamil Nadu, 10 killed
After the cyclone torned the south-Indian state, newly sworn-in Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has also announced Rs. four lakh will be given to relatives of those who died due to cyclone Vardah.
After the cyclone battered the Tamil Nadu coast, at 10 people have lost their lives. Authorities have also confirmed that hat four people were killed in Chennai, two each in Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur, one in Villupuram and one in Nagapattinam, NDTV reported.
Expressing solidarity with the people in cyclone-hit areas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a tweet, expressed: "My prayers are with all those people who are affected due to adverse weather conditions caused by #CycloneVardah. Stay safe."
After the cyclone torn the south-Indian state, newly sworn-in Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has also announced Rs. four lakh will be given to relatives of those who died due to cyclone Vardah.
The CM said more than 10,000 people have been evacuated from near the sea. More than 9,400 people were moved to relief camps in Andhra Pradesh.
In view of the improvement in situation, the flight services that had remained suspended at the Chennai airport till late evening on Monday have resumed this morning, the airport officials have confirmed. Suburban train services , however, remained suspended on Monday.
Cyclone Vardah have also uprooted thousands of trees and many electricity poles in Chennai, tore off hoardings and toppled cars throwing city out of gear. Educational institutions will remain closed on Tuesday in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has also spoken with chief ministers of both Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and assure them of the centre's help if needed and to make an assessment of the damage.
“After 1994, this is the first very severe cyclonic storm to hit Chennai coast,” PTI quoted a senior met official as saying in Chennai.
A home ministry spokesperson said in Delhi six teams of the central and state disaster response forces were engaged in rescue efforts.
About 8,000 people from low-lying areas in north Chennai, Pazhaverkadu in Tiruvallur district and villages off Mamallapuram, in Kanchipuram district were safely evacuated to 95 relief shelters, officials said.