Vardah hits chennai

  1. Severe cyclonic storm Vardah has hit Chennai at an speed of 140kmph and it has been the most intense cyclone to have hit the Tamilnadu capital in the last two decades.
  2. The nature’s fury has so far claimed 4 lives apart from destroying homes, snapping power and communication lines and putting the public transport into a total disarray in Chennai.
  3. A cyclone is formed when a warm temperature of the sea reaches a threshold level and the wind structure is rising.
  4. In other words, cyclones derive their energy from the warm tropical oceans and do not form unless the sea-surface temperature is above 26.5°C.
  5. Cyclones, Hurricanes, Typhoons are the same. In the Indian seas it is called cyclones, in the Atlantic and eastern pacific ocean it is called Hurricanes, and in the western pacific it is called Typhoons
  6. Cyclonic storm Vardah had formed in the southeastern parts of Bay of Bengal just about few days ago and have caused a very good rains over Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  7. Not only this, over 2000 tourists were also stranded in the Neil and Havelock Islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  8. Personnel from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and SDRF have been deployed for rescue efforts.
  9. India’s south east coast has been prone to cyclones originating in Bay of Bengal.phailin destruction
  10. In October 2014, Cyclone Hudhud hit the country’s eastern coast, causing extensive damage and more than 100 people were killed in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa and 21 lakh families were affected.
  11. In October 2013, Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Phailin intensified rapidly and became a very severe cyclonic storm as it approached Odisha leaving 23 dead and displacing more than 90 lakh people.
  12. In May 2008, Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar and around 138,000 people died and tens of thousands of homes and other buildings were washed away. Damage to public and private assets was estimated at around US$10 billion.
  13. In October 1999, A super cyclone swept through Odisha, killing at least 10,000 people and leaving an estimated 1.5 million homeless.
  14. As compared to 1999 cyclone which claimed 10,000 lives, 2016 Vardah’s casualty has been much lesser.
  15. This shows India has come a long way in disaster management but there is still a long way to go.
  16. Natural disasters can’t be prevented but loses caused by it can be. The habitation near the shores should be reduced and quick rescue system should be put in place.
  17. Population pressures leads to encroachment of the land towards the shores only to be pushed back by such disasters.
  18. The need of the time is to rescue the stranded people and calm down their relatives.
  19. For readers’ assistance Chennai Corporation Helpline numbers are: 044-25619206, 25619511, 25384965, 25383694, 25383694, 25367823, 25387570