Cyclone Vardah likely to hit Tamil Nadu and AP; NDRF and forces geared up for rescue ops
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 12-Dec-2016

Chennai, December 12: Tamil Nadu and its suburbs are likely to have a severe cyclonic storm i.e cyclone Vardah today. Like to tell you that, the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Andhra have already experienced a very heavy rainfall and strong wind since early morning. There is an estimate of heavy loss in both the states due to cyclonic wind vardah.
Meanwhile looking to the situation both the states are on high alert and teams from the Navy and the National Disaster Response Force are on standby. Cyclone Vardah is likely to hit near Pulicat, around 60 km from Chennai, with wind speeds of around 80 to 100 km an hour. By the time it makes landfall, its intensity is expected to reduce considerably. After seeing the situation, government declared a holiday for all government, government-aided private schools, colleges and other educational institutions in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur districts. Fishermen are also said to stay away from coastal regions.

According to the meteorological department, the cyclonic storm Vardah over Bay of Bengal had moved further at a speed of around 13 kmph. It lay centred over west-central and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal about 150 km east-northeast of Chennai and 290 km east-southeast of Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, the weather department said.

The system is very likely to move nearly westwards and cross north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts, close to Chennai with a wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph by Monday afternoon," a bulletin issued by meteorological department said.  The MET department has also predicted that the rainfall over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry over the next 36 hours i.e till Wednesday.

Embeded ObjectMeanwhile, the weather department has warned of cyclonic winds speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph along and off Andhra Pradesh and adjoining north Tamil Nadu coasts becoming 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph during the time of landfall along and off Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Nellore and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh. The tidal wave of about one metre height above the astronomical tide is very likely to inundate the low lying areas of Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Nellore districts of Andhra Pradesh during the time of landfall.

Embeded ObjectArmy, Navy, Air-force and Coast Guard were also geared up to lend a helping hand when required. More than 15 different teams of NDRF are also been deployed in various regions of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

like to tell you that Name of cyclones in the Indian Ocean Region are decided by member countries -- India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, Myanmar, Maldives and Oman. The last cyclone that hit Chennai was 'Nada', a name suggested by Oman.  Earlier in 1999, a "super-cyclone" battered the coast of the eastern state of Odisha for 30 hours with wind speeds reaching 300 kmph. It killed 10,000 people.

Helpline number is also been introduced immediately by Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh government are as follows.

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