Cyclone Vardah struck coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. The severe cyclonic storm made a landfall on the east coast near the Pulicat Lake on 12 December 2016.
The storm affected the normal life in Chennai, Nellore District in Andhra Pradesh and Bengaluru in Karnataka.
More about Cyclone Vardah
• The low pressure wind system was first noticed in the Bay of Bengal on 5 December.
• It went onto grew into a very severe cyclonic storm. But at the time of landfall it was weakened into a severe cyclonic storm.
• It arrived in Chennai with maximum wind speeds between 110 and 120 kmph.
• At the time of its passage through Bengaluru, it further weakened into a deep depression.
• The cyclone severely damaged the infrastructure like communication, electricity, roads, etc. It also caused heavy damage to public and private property.
• To rescue the affected population, 15 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were deployed in the affected areas.
• NDRF is the specialized force set up in 2006 to assist the civilian administration in times of natural and man-made disasters.
• Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Pannerselvam announced Rs 4 lakh compensation to the victims of the disaster.
• On the positive side, the accompanied rains got huge relief to the water deficit areas. The approximate 20 cm rainfall during the cyclone period is a big relief to the residents of Chennai.
What is in the name?
• The name of the cyclone was given by Pakistan. Vardah is an Urdu word and it means red rose.
• As per the guidelines of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the names of cyclones originating anywhere in the Indian Ocean Region are decided by the member countries.
• The member countries in the region are Oman, Pakistan, Indian, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
• The suggestions of member countries are taken into consideration on a rotation basis.
• The name of Nada Cyclone that affected Chennai in the first week of December 2016 was suggested by Oman. It means ‘Hope’ in Russian.