Cyclone Vardah to make landfall near Chennai; move towards south AP


647_120916025238A high alert has been sounded in north Tamil Nadu and southern Andhra Pradesh as cyclonic storm ‘Vardah’ is expected to make landfall on December 12 afternoon.

Torrential rains coupled with squalls lashed the northern coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai today. Power supply has been suspended in many parts of these regions.

According to the Met department, rain would steadily increase in the northern of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram. As the cyclone advances towards south Andhra Pradesh, people have been asked to stay indoors.

Seven mandals under Gudur and Sullurupet constituencies in Nellore district and 11 mandals in Prakasam district have been kept on high alert. Three NDRF teams have been rushed to Prakasam, Nellore and Chittoor.

Relief centres were opened and kept in a state of readiness in both states. The Indian Army, Indian Navy, IAF, Coast Guard and National Disaster Response Force have been alerted. National Disaster Response Force teams are on standby.

It is feared that the storm may not weaken when it makes landfall near Chennai. India Meteorological Department, Cyclone Warning Division. A holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and areas of Villupuram.

People in low lying areas have been shifted to safer areas. The storm is likely to destroy power, communication lines, paddy crops and orchards in its wake. The weatherman advised fishermen not to venture into sea along and off south Andhra Pradesh, north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts for two more days.