Cyclone Vardah: As it happened

Very severe cyclonic storm 'Vardah' claimed four lives, flattened homes, snapped communication lines and threw into disarry rail, road and air traffic in Tamil Nadu.  

By Manisha Singh | Last Updated: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 00:15
Pic courtesy: @NDRFHQ

Chennai/Amrawati: Very severe cyclonic storm 'Vardah', the most intense to have hit the Tamil Nadu capital in two decades, claimed four lives, flattened homes, snapped communication lines and threw into disarry rail, road and air traffic on Monday as it crossed the coast here, pounding Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kanchipuram with heavy rain and squall.

Following are the updates:
 

13 December 2016, 00:12 AM

12 December 2016, 22:38 PM

12 December 2016, 22:36 PM

12 December 2016, 21:52 PM

Rs 4 lakh each will be given to persons who died due to Cyclone Vardah from the state disaster relief fund, says Tamil Nadu CM Panneerselvam.

12 December 2016, 21:49 PM

12 December 2016, 21:42 PM

12 December 2016, 21:40 PM

12 December 2016, 20:37 PM

12 December 2016, 20:24 PM

Schools and colleges in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur to remain shut on Tuesday.

12 December 2016, 19:55 PM

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12 December 2016, 19:48 PM

12 December 2016, 19:47 PM

Two fishermen go missing off Kakinada in Andhra, Coast Guard says it has deployed ship for search and rescue operations, as per PTI.

12 December 2016, 19:34 PM

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12 December 2016, 19:07 PM

12 December 2016, 18:35 PM

Winds and Rains might still intensify, do not venture out, warns National Disaster Management Authority.

12 December 2016, 18:16 PM

12 December 2016, 18:16 PM

Cyclone Vardah shows signs of weakening, to turn into 'cyclonic storm' in next 3-4 hours, says IMD.

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12 December 2016, 18:09 PM

Services at Chennai Airport suspended till 2100 hours.

12 December 2016, 18:08 PM

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks to Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam.

12 December 2016, 17:10 PM

8008 people accommodated in 95 relief camps, says National Disaster Management Authority.

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12 December 2016, 17:10 PM

DG CISF directs Chief Airport Security Officer to conduct a damage assessment exercise after Cyclone hit Chennai Airport.

12 December 2016, 17:08 PM

Flight operations suspended at Chennai airport till 8 pm.

12 December 2016, 17:07 PM

12 December 2016, 17:04 PM

12 December 2016, 17:02 PM

12 December 2016, 16:46 PM

Tamil Nadu: Army personnel conduct rescue and relief operations in Chennai as heavy rainfall and strong winds lash the city 

 

 

12 December 2016, 16:37 PM

Preventive measures already taken, enough of advisory issued; people to get affected evacuated: Harsh Vardhan, Union Science & Tech. Min

12 December 2016, 16:26 PM

Expected point of landfall - Crossing coast near Chennai: National Disaster Management Authority

Entire landfall process will be completed during next 1-2 hours but conditions to remain rough even after that: NDMA

 

12 December 2016, 16:25 PM

Tamil Nadu: Trees uprooted, damage caused as heavy rains and strong winds lash Mahabalipuram town in Kancheepuram district.

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12 December 2016, 16:24 PM

Some trees and electric poles have fallen due to that, NDRF has begun its operations to clear this: RK Pachnanda (DG, NDRF)

12 December 2016, 16:24 PM

The landfall was at Pulicat (Tamil Nadu) followed by strong winds: RK Pachnanda (DG, NDRF)

12 December 2016, 16:23 PM

Complete landfall to take another couple of hours.Conditions to remain severe between Chennai & Nellore: K.G.Ramesh, DG IMD

12 December 2016, 16:22 PM

Ship that was sent to rescue two fishermen off Kakinada (AP) couldn't reach them due to rough sea: AP Coast guard DIG Haribola

12 December 2016, 16:22 PM

Chennai Suburban network suspended till further notice. Some trains from and to Chennai diverted and cancelled: Railway Minister

12 December 2016, 16:21 PM

Andhra Pradesh: Trees uprooted as heavy rains and strong winds lash Tada village

 

12 December 2016, 16:16 PM

WATCH: Heavy rainfall and storm lashes Chennai city as Cyclone Vardah makes a landfall; trees uprooted, vehicles damaged in many parts

12 December 2016, 15:42 PM

Complete landfall to take another couple of hours. Conditions to remain severe between Chennai and Nellore, says KG Ramesh, DG IMD

12 December 2016, 15:41 PM

Rail services heavily disrupted in Chennai as rains lash city due to cyclonic storm vardah

12 December 2016, 15:31 PM

WATCH: Heavy rains and strong winds lash Tada village of Andhra Pradesh

12 December 2016, 15:27 PM

Northern prong of cyclone hit North of Chennai 20 mins back. Heavy rains and high speed winds expected to continue fr next 8-12 hrs

12 December 2016, 15:26 PM

Wind speed at present around 100-110 km/hour. Chennai recorded maximum wind speed of 192 Km/hour: M Mahapatra, ADG MeT Dept #cyclonevardah

12 December 2016, 15:23 PM

Chennai Suburban railway network suspended till further notice. Some trains reaching and leaving Chennai diverted and cancelled: ADG(PR) Railways

Chennai division of southern railway badly affected: Senior officials camping at stations and control room: ADG(PR) Railways, Anil Saxena

 

 

12 December 2016, 15:23 PM

Chennai Suburban railway network suspended till further notice. Some trains reaching and leaving Chennai diverted and cancelled: ADG(PR) Railways

Chennai division of southern railway badly affected: Senior officials camping at stations and control room: ADG(PR) Railways, Anil Saxena

 

 

12 December 2016, 15:16 PM

7357 people have been evacuated in Tamil Nadu 

12 December 2016, 15:14 PM

Reportedly, 9,400 people have been evacuated in Andhra Pradesh

12 December 2016, 15:12 PM

Deployed 6 teams in AP, 7 in TN, can handle any situation. Shifted people to safer places and educated them abt precautions: Santosh Kumar, NDRF

 

12 December 2016, 15:02 PM

Heavy rainfall likely to continue until next 36 hours due to Cyclonic strong Vardah

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