Cyclone Vardah 2016 – a snapshot

Andaman

  • 167mm of rainfall on December 7th in Port Blair
  • 1400 tourists stranded on Havelock and Neil

Tamil Nadu

  • 16,000 people were evacuated from low-lying areas, as a result of Vardah.
  • 18 lives were claimed
  • 1 lakh trees in Chennai and its suburbs were uprooted
  • Over 10,000 electric poles were mangled and 800 transformers damaged.
  • 224 roads were blocked, and 24 huts were also damaged.
  • Tamil Nadu had to bear a loss of around Rs 6,749 crores, ($1 billion USD
  • 398 houses severely damaged, including 295 huts.
  • Out of these 295 huts, 88 were reported to be completely destroyed.

Bhoomika’s Relief Efforts

In the wake of Cyclone Vardah, Bhoomika Trust and Chennai Volunteers engaged with the Corporation to help clean up the debris on the roads, all across Chennai city. Students, Corporate volunteers and individual volunteers worked across various zones of Chennai. When student volunteers went into a needy community to help clean/ clear up the area, they relayed a strong message of caring beyond mere words. Kudos to the spirit of the volunteers as everyone got together and cleared the roads, overcoming all barriers – traffic, noise and more to make way for traffic to pass.

Vardah 1 Map
References:

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Image Source:
https://phys.org/news/2016-12-nasa-lifetime-heavy-rainfall-tropical.html