Heavy rains lash parts of Andhra due to cyclone

Heavy rains lash parts of Andhra due to cyclone

K. G. Ramesh, director-general of the meteorological department, said the cyclone had made landfall with heavy rain and winds of up to 120 kilometers (75 miles) an hour.

Eight fishermen belonging to Tamil Nadu were rescued from the sea near the Sriharikota High Altitude Range while search was on for ten more persons feared trapped at sea.

It poured in torrents since this morning and was accompanied by squally winds, which has uprooted several number of trees in the Chennai city and suburbs.

Rail and flight services here have been affected, officials said. As of 1.30pm, 260 trees had fallen and 190 had been removed.

Two people were killed Monday after Cyclone Vardah pounded India's southeastern coast at speeds of more than 100 kilometres (62 miles) per hour, forcing thousands to flee their homes.

Not only uprooting of trees, the winds brought down overhead cables and electricity poles.

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The government said over 8,000 people were shifted to relief camps set up in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur and Villupuram districts.

Vardah could also hit fishing villages located along the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

Municipal Administration Minister P Narayana, who is camping in Nellore to oversee the rescue and relief operations, said Vakadu and Tada received 4.8 and 3 cms of rain, respectively, since today morning.

According to the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Vardah, which is now, a very severe cyclonic storm, will weaken, but only to a severe cyclonic storm which would cross between Tamilnadu and Nellore in Andhra Pradesh.

A government release said schools and colleges in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts would be remained closed on December 13, 2016, as well.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu announced in evening that Andhra Pradesh was ready to extend all necessary help to neighbouring Tamil Nadu that bore the brunt of "Vardah".