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This one is real...Beware of Cyclone Vardah near Chennai...Heavy rains forecast for M

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V.Balasubramani

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It is reported that while Chennai city was well prepared to meet flood situation, we were not that much ready to meet the cyclone 'Vardah'.....

Cyclone Vardah: Chennai's Corporation was prepared for floods, but not such intense winds


Equipment like electric saws had to be sourced from neighbouring districts


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On the second day after Cyclone Vardah ravaged the city with high-speed winds, Chennai is slowly gathering its bearings.

Fallen trees and branches that had been flung across arterial roads now lay in clumps along the pavements. Outside residences and offices on Wednesday, leaves, twigs and shards of glass were being swept and piled into garbage bins.

On Monday afternoon, Cyclone Vardah hit the coast of North Chennai near Pulicat with wind speeds reaching up to 110-120 kmph. As citizens huddled indoors, powerful gusts of wind wrecked havoc not only along the coastal city but also in the interior parts of Chennai’s neighbouring districts of Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur. Settlements built with aluminium and asbestos sheets have been ripped apart by the cyclonic storm, causing many poor families to return to damaged homes the next day.
Still no power

For more than 24 hours since, the city had no power. With hardly any cash in hand and the inability to make electronic transactions, the morning after the cyclone was saw citizens with inadequate food and necessary supplies.

By Tuesday night, power was restored to many parts of the city. The Times of India reported that power has been restored to around 60% of the city, but might take two more days for power supply to reach the suburbs.

Read more at: http://scroll.in/article/824158/cyl...repared-for-floods-but-not-such-intense-winds
 
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Resilient Chennai:Cyclone Vardah shows why Indian cities must prepare for major disasters


Natural calamities may be as old as the earth. But when suchcatastrophes strike urban centres which have a large concentration of people,infrastructure projects and vital installations, the effect is all the morecataclysmic. Preparedness on the part of the authorities and cohesiveness ofcitizenry can mitigate the impact of unforeseen occurrences.

Just as in the aftermath ofthe devastating floods that swamped Chennai last December, cyclone Vardah thattore through the city on Monday brought to the fore the fighting spirit andresilience of its residents. Thousands of trees were felled, power tripped,mobile networks went down, travel by air, rail or road ground to a halt. Justmoments after the storm blew over, citizens were out on the streets doing everythingwithin their means to get their city back on its feet.


Unlike in the run-up to thedeluge last year, the authorities had put in place elaborate plans to cope withthe after effects of the storm that had Chennai in its eye. But apparentlythere was a miscalculation: floods were anticipated, not the high velocitywinds that swept through the city bringing down the trees on the city roads.Government agencies went into overdrive clearing the roads and restoringessential services. They were joined by motley bands of volunteers and thecommon people who filled in the gaps in resources and manpower. These namelesspeople were everywhere, guiding ambulances, reaching food to those who losttheir homes, coming to the aid of the infirm and manning helplines. Within 24hours of the storm, power was restored in most parts of the city, mobilenetworks were up, the airport resumed operations, bus services picked up,traffic flowed freely on the roads and offices reported good attendance.


Read more at: http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatime...dian-cities-must-prepare-for-major-disasters/
 
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Here is the opinion of water management expert on CMDA's Plans......

It is reported that a sizable portion of the green cover of Chennai City was lost due to Vardah..

How long it will take to regain the lost green cover....?

CMDA land plan change tied to Dec floods

The devastation caused by the December last deluge was also partly due to the change in land use plans by Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, according to water management expert Dr Christoph Woiwode, visiting professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Experts believe that the redesignation of large tracks of land in the city, identified as low-lying in Chennai’s First Master-plan, as residential areas in the Second Master-plan was a major cause for floods. “You build structures in the drainage system of the city, which is in low lying areas, and the flow of water gets blocked resulting in stagnation,” he explained.

LinK: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cit...d-plan-change-tied-to-dec-floods-1525885.html
 
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Chennai corporation is NOT ready to manage heavy floods. They are bluffing! :lie:

Till last year, water used to enter the compounds only when the road gets 6'' deep water. But this time, since the roads were raised

by 3'', dirty water entered the compounds within hours of the heavy rains. The storm water drains are not functioning well at all! :nono:
 
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Sad state of affairs!
Vardah aftermath: Animal shelters in Chennai destroyed, here’s how you can help


No power, no water and many injured animals, what Vardah left behind.

Uprooted trees, fallen roofs and no power: while timely warnings and proper preparation by the Tamil Nadu government helped soften the blow of Cyclone Vardah, Chennai did not emerge unscathed.
People for Animals (PFA) and Blue Cross in Chennai are struggling to repair their shelters and support over 1,000 animals they house.
With no power since Monday, the PFA shelter has been finding it tough to clear the debris in their four-acre shelter Atthivakkam Village, Redhills in Chennai. Antony Rubin, a volunteer with PFA describes the scene which greeted him when he went to the shelter after the cyclone subsided.
“Trees had fallen on the building, the roofing sheets had flown off the cattle and horse shelters and even the kitchen. There was no power which meant the motor didn’t work for drawing water. And with the kitchen roof gone, it’s very difficult to cook given the weather conditions right now,” Antony says. Overall, the assessment of the damage caused to property is approximately Rs 12 lakh.
PFA volunteers have been trying desperately to arrange a motor or backup generator to be able to draw water from the borewell for the animals. “We have been told that it may take a week to ten days to restore power here as this shelter is in the outskirts of Chennai,” says Antony. As of now, they have been manually drawing water from the well.


http://www.thenewsminute.com/articl...ennai-destroyed-here-s-how-you-can-help-54361
 

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hi

புயல் வரவில்லையே....தண்ணீருக்கு கஷ்டம் வரும்....மழையோ இல்லை ...என்று நவம்பர் மாதம்

சொன்னார்கள்.....ஆனால் வருதா வருதா என்று.....vardha புயலும் வந்தது.....இப்போ மக்களுக்கு

திண்டாட்டம்....மழை வந்தாலும்....கஷ்டம்.......மழை வராவிட்டாலும்....கஷ்டம்.....நவம்பர்/

டிசம்பர் மாதம் சென்னை வாசிகளுக்கு கஷ்டம் தான்...
 
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hi

புயல் வரவில்லையே....தண்ணீருக்கு கஷ்டம் வரும்....மழையோ இல்லை ...என்று நவம்பர் மாதம்

சொன்னார்கள்.....ஆனால் வருதா வருதா என்று.....vardha புயலும் வந்தது.....இப்போ மக்களுக்கு

திண்டாட்டம்....மழை வந்தாலும்....கஷ்டம்.......மழை வராவிட்டாலும்....கஷ்டம்.....நவம்பர்/

டிசம்பர் மாதம் சென்னை வாசிகளுக்கு கஷ்டம் தான்...

வருதா வருதா என்று.....vardha புயலும் வந்தது....

மிகவும் சரி
 
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வருதா வருதா என்று.....vardha புயலும் வந்தது....

மிகவும் சரி


சென்னை மக்கள்: இதுவும் கடந்து போம் :)
 
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With power, phone and internet services affected, Chennai is still recovering from Cyclone Vardah


The cyclone hit the city on Monday. Its after-effects are still being felt


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Nearly a week after Cyclone Vardah rattled the city, bringing normal life to a halt for a few days, Chennai is still reeling from the aftershock of the powerful storm.

With powerful winds that blew up to the speed of 120 kmph, around one lakh trees were estimated to have have been uprooted across the city by the cyclone, causing a loss of almost one-fourth of the city’s foliage, reported The Hindu. Many of these trees fell on transmission lines, damaging them severely and cutting power supply to scores of residential areas.
Employees of Chennai’s city corporation and electricity board were seen hard at work throughout the week, clearing the streets of fallen trees and repairing electricity lines. But with frequent power cuts and sporadic phone and internet signals, the city is still on the long route to restoration

Read more at: http://scroll.in/article/824445/wit...ennai-is-still-recovering-from-cyclone-vardah
 
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Places like Nanaganallur -Lakshmi nagar are still without current...Sad state of affairs!!
 

mkrishna100

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In many areas the transformers are badly damaged and in many cases fully fallen down and they have to be replaced fully and it will take a long time for the authorities to replace all those damaged transformers and till then we have to bear it up with the temporary power that is being supplied now . Since the climate is nice and pleasant it does not require us to switch on the fans or A/Cs and so it cam be managed . But credit must be given to the authorities for working hard as much as they can to clear the fallen tress and restore at least temporary power and we must be patient with them . I feel it will take 2 weeks or even a month for full normalcy to be restored . A very bad December so far . IT seems Chennai is having "December Curse " .
 
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But credit must be given to the authorities for working hard as much as they can to clear the fallen tress and restore at least temporary power and we must be patient with them . .


I agree Sir,

The vardah cyclone has torn Chennai city and suburbs withmonstrous ferocity, uprooted well grown decades year old trees and power cables,toppled cell phone towers and vehicles, etc and caused destruction in unprecedented scale.

We need the thank the staff of all Government Agenciesinvolved viz. Natinal Disaster Relief Force, Home Guards and Civil DefenceVolunteers, Police, Fire and Rescue Service and Coporation Authorities and volunteers who have dutifully went extra mile to ensure normalcy.

Post-disaster management is something very serious and the Health Department is taking all out efforts.

We need to salute all these unsung heroes…
 
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mkrishna100

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Balasubramanian Sir

Is the picture above posted of Corporation Bank with a Fallen Tower in Indira Nagar , Adyar ?
 
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Balasubramanian Sir

Is the picture above posted of Corporation Bank with a Fallen Tower in Indira Nagar , Adyar ?


Sir,

The only clue which I was able to observe is that it is 24 hours banking.
 
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