Cyclone Vardah Update: Navy On Alert

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Cyclone Vardah Update: Navy On Alert (File Photo)

Cyclonic storm ‘Vardah’ will make landfall between north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh on Monday prompting rescue and armed forces, including the Navy, to sound an alert. Tamil Nadu has announced a holiday for schools and colleges in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, and parts of Villupuram. Cyclone Vardah, which was 330 km east of Chennai on Sunday evening, is likely to make landfall near Pulicat, around 60 km away from the Tamil Nadu capital with wind speeds of around 80 to 100 km an hour. Chennai is likely to receive very heavy rainfall up to 20 cm.

Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, and parts of Villupuram. Cyclone Vardah, which was 330 km east of Chennai on Sunday evening, is likely to make landfall near Pulicat, around 60 km away from the Tamil Nadu capital with wind speeds of around 80 to 100 km an hour. Chennai is likely to receive very heavy rainfall up to 20 cm.

Heavy rain has been forecast today in the northern districts of Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram. The sea would be rough and fishermen have been asked to not venture into the sea for the next 48 hours. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Chief Minister O Panneerselvam held a meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority.

Teams of the National Disaster Response Force and the armed forces have been asked to be on standby. Senior bureaucrats have been dispatched to the districts that are likely to be on the path of the cyclone. The Indian Navy said it is ready to carry out relief operations. “All operational ships have been readied and kept on standby,” the Navy said.