The tropical cyclone (Category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson scale) ‘Vardah’ pounded Chennai, the capital city of South Indian State of Tamil Nadu at an unprecedented 130 km/h for about 90 minutes during the afternoon of 12th December 2016, until it crossed the city and travelled inland, bringing at least 10 cm rainfall. The Government of India stated that 16 people had died in rain related incidents linked to the cyclone, and more than 15,000 people in low lying areas were evacuated to 104 relief camps and provided food, water and medical services. Moreover, more than 2,000 houses have been completely damaged and 3,500 houses have been partially damaged. A total 250,000 persons have been affected due to cyclone Vardah in Tamil Nadu.
India: Cyclone ‘Vardah’ in Tamil Nadu – IND162
19th December 2016