Cyclone Vardah Live: Chennai Airport now operational

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Bengaluru, Dec 13: Cyclone Vardah is to reach Karnataka on the 13th of December according to the Indian Meteorological Department's observatory in Goa. The cyclone is likely to pass through Goa on December 14, the department has added.


For the latest updates on Cyclone Vardah stay tuned in here:

10.41 am: Will extend possible assistance to TN, that suffered extensive damage. We'll discuss contribution that can be made to TN: Andhra Pradesh CM

10.40 am: Instructed Revenue, Police, State Disaster Response Force & other depts not to lower their guard against cyclone #Vardah: Andhra Pradesh CM

10.03 am: CycloneVardah's activity ovr north TN moved further west-southwestwards during past 6 hrs at speed of 20 kmph, weakened into depression-NDMA

10.01 am: Flight operations resume at Tirupati Airport after it was temporarily suspended due to #CycloneVardah that hit TN & AP yesterday

9.30 am: Rainfall over North Interior Tamil Nadu & adjoining South Karnataka very likely in next 12 hours: Nat'l Disaster Mgmt Auth #cyclonevardah

9.20 am: #CycloneVardah forms deep depression over north interior Tamil Nadu. To weaken as low pressure area in next 6 hrs: Nat'l Disaster Mgmt Auth

9.15 am: Situation being monitored closely by concerned authorities.Working to restore normalcy as fast as we can-RK Pachnanda DG NDRF #cyclonevardah

9.10 am: Situation being monitored closely by concerned authorities.Working to restore normalcy as fast as we can-RK Pachnanda DG NDRF #cyclonevardah

6.45 am: Death toll rises to 10 in Tamil Nadu (4 in Chennai, 2 in Kancheepuram, 2 in Tiruvallur, 1 in Villupuram and 1 in Nagapattinam) -NDMA

6.40 am: Chennai Airport now operational after the services were temporarily suspended yesterday in view of Cyclone Vardah

6.35 am: Government private schools, colleges and other educational institutions in Chennai, Kanchipuram & Tiruvallur to remain closed today 

For the updates of 13th December scroll up:

8.35 pm: Bengaluru witnesses light showers after Cyclone Vardah made landfall in Chennai.

8.12 pm: Cyclone Vardah kill 4 people in Tamil Nadu: NDMA.

7.45 pm: 2 fishermen go missing off Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh; Coast Guard says it has deployed ship for search and rescue ops.

7.32 pm: NDRF teams conducting relief and rescue operations in Tamil Nadu.

7.21 pm: Coast Guard puts ships, Dornier planes, Chetak choppers on standby in Visakhapatnam, Chennai & Karaikal in the wake of Cyclone Vardah.

7.18 pm: Indigo Airlines offering full refund to passengers affected travelling to and from Chennai airport.

6.54 pm: Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks to Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh; assures all help.

6.42 pm: National Disaster Management Authority warns people, says, "Winds and Rains might still intensify. Do not venture out."

6.25 pm: Cyclone Vardah shows signs of weakening; to turn into 'cyclonic storm' in next 3-4 hours: IMD.

6.10 pm: Services at Chennai Airport suspended till 9 pm.

5:20 pm: Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks to TN CM O Panneerselvam enquiring about situation in the aftermath of Cyclone Vardah crossing Chennai,Tiruvallur

5:16 pm: 7 NDRF Teams, 02 SDRF Teams and 02 Army Columns deployed for precautionary measures in Tamil Nadu: NDMA 

5:10 pm: DG CISF directs Chief Airport Security Officer to conduct a damage assessment exercise after Cyclone hit Chennai Airport.

4:50 pm: 2 persons died. 24 huts damaged. 8008 people accommodated in 95 relief camps: National Disaster Management Authority.

4:30 pm: Heavy rains expected to continue for next 8-12 hours in Coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

3.49 pm: Cyclone Vardah makes landfall in Chennai. Wind speed considerably less, leading edge of the storm inland. The trailing edge should hit soon- Navy

3.41 pm: Complete landfall to take another couple of hours.Conditions to remain severe between Chennai & Nellore: K.G.Ramesh, DG IMD

3.38 pm: Ship that was sent to rescue two fishermen off Kakinada(AP) couldn't reach them due to rough sea: AP Coast guard DIG Haribola

3.34 pm: Chennai Suburban network suspended till further notice. Some trains from/to Chennai diverted and cancelled: Railway Minister

3.20 pm: Northern prong of cyclone hit North of Chennai 20 mins back.Heavy rains&high speed winds expected to continue fr nxt 8-12 hrs

3.23 pm: Cyclone Vardah leaves two dead: Tamil Nadu government

3.19 pm: Chennai division of southern railway badly affected: Senior officials camping at stations & control room: ADG(PR) Railways, Anil Saxena

3.18 pm: Chennai Suburban railway network suspended till further notice. Some trains reaching & leaving Chennai diverted & cancelled: ADG(PR) Railways

3.08 pm: Wind speed at present around 100-110 km/hour. Chennai recorded maximum wind speed of 192 Km/hour: M Mahapatra, ADG MeT Dept #cyclonevardah

3.06 pm: Cyclone Vardah has commenced landfall in Chennai, it is in process and will take more than 2 hours to complete: M Mahapatra, ADG MeT Dept

3.04 pm: Operations at Chennai airport suspended till 1800 hrs #cyclonevardah

2.51 pm: Cyclone Vardah makes landfall in Chennai, landfall would be complete in 4 hours

2.37 pm: Cyclone Vardah is presently 30 Kms East-Northeast of #Chennai: National Disaster Management Authority

2.33 pm: Deployed 6 teams in AP, 7 in TN, can handle any situation. Shifted ppl to safer places and educated them abt precautions: Santosh Kumar NDRF

2.15 pm: Outer periphery of #Vardah touches Chennai coast, strong winds cause heavy damage,trees uprooted. Heavy traffic jams in parts of the city

1.56 pm: Government of India, State government and related agencies are on alert: Union Minister Harsh Vardhan on #cyclonevardah

1.42 pm: All operations at the Chennai airport suspended till 3 PM today #cyclonevardah

1.38 pm: Naval aircraft also standing-by at the Naval Air Stations Rajali & Dega to be pressed into action to augment HADR ops: Navy #cyclonevardah

1.36 pm: One Survey ship has been kept standby to undertake harbour survey in case of requirement: Navy #cyclonevardah

1.35 pm: 22 diving teams have been kept standby at Visakhapatnam for immediate deployment, should the situation warrant. #cyclonevardah

1.33 pm: In addition to 10 diving teams embarked on IN Ships Shivalik & Kadmatt, 6 diving teams readied up for immediate deployment #cyclonevardah

1.27 pm: Cyclone #Vardah 's distance from Chennai is 50 kms now: NDMA

1.21 pm: Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea along and off south Andhra Pradesh during next 36 hours: CM #CycloneVardah

1.20 pm: Food and other essential commodities have been kept ready in adequate quantities: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu #Vardah

1.19 pm: 19 teams of NDRF deployed in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu: NDRF

1.15 pm: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is monitoring the situation through teleconference with top officials #cyclonevardah

1.05 pm: Request people not to venture out of their houses between 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. #CycloneVardah: Tamil Nadu Government

1.03 pm: #CycloneVardah. One additional army column placed on standby. Total Army columns now on standby is 7

1.00 pm: Six army columns ready and on standby for rescue & relief operations, say army sources #cyclonevardah

12.45 pm: 7,357 people are evacuated to 54 relief centres safely so far: TN Government #cyclonevardah

12.40 pm: Two ships of Navy Shivalik & Kadmatt already in north of area likely to be affected to render immediate assistance if required: Navy Chief PRO

12.30 pm: Massive uprooting of trees reported, Cyclone #Vardah likely to make landfall by 1330 hrs: Navy chief PRO captain DK Sharma

12.13 pm: Tidal wave will be one meter high, people advised to be in safe places & stick to instructions given by government: MeT Dir #cyclonevardah

12.11 pm: North region of Tamil Nadu and South of Andhra expected to receive heavy rainfall and wind: S Balachandran, MeT Director #cyclonevardah

12.09 pm: #Vardah lying now 87 kms east of Bay of Bengal,moving in westward direction,expected to make land fall close to Chennai b/w 2-4 PM: MeT Dir

11.50 am: Due to cyclonic weather over Chennai airport, flights are diverted and departures are delayed. #cyclonevardah

11.48 am: People living in Ennore and Palaverkadu have been asked to evacuate by Tamil Nadu Government. #cyclonevardah

11.28 am: All precautions taken at Nuclear Power Plant-Kalpakkam to face Vardah.All well and plant operation normal. Plant is in touch with IMD: NDMA

10:56 am: District Admin is looking after the evacuation part, 13 teams are ready to tackle the after effects: P Dhar, Comdt 10th Bn, NDRF #cyclonevardah

10:55 am: As of 9 AM over 4,622 people evacuated from low lying areas in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur and Villupuram

10.50 am: NDRF teams deployed at Basin Bridge, Kannappar Thidal, Manali, Pulicat, Tambaram, Mahabalipuram and Puducherry

10.45 am: 25 flights diverted, 9 delayed and 5 flights cancelled from Chennai so far

10.23 am: Heavy winds bring down tree branch in Chennai, injures two in Kotturpuram

10.13 am: Four Air India flights diverted today #cyclonevardah

9.42 am: Wind warning: Currently, wind speed is 50-60 kmph & during landfall it will be 100-110 kmph. Storm surge: About 1 mtr height #vardah : NDMA

9.11 am: Andhra Pradesh: Four teams have been deployed in Nellore. We are fully equipped & prepared: Pawan Kumar, Sub Inspector, NDRF #cyclonevardah

8.59 am: There will be heavy rains during day time. Wind speed is likely to be high but as the day progress it may reduce: DIG NDRF #cyclonevardah

8.58 am: The system is very likely to move nearly westwards & weaken gradually while moving towards north TN & adjoining south AP coasts:NDMA #Vardah

8.56 am: There are 6 teams in Andhra Pradesh and 8 teams in Tamil Nadu & Puducherry: SP Selvan, DIG NDRF #cyclonevardah

8.51 am: Cyclonic storm,#VARDAH lays over west central & southwest Bay of Bengal;It moved further nearly west-southwest-wards during past 06 hrs

8.10 am: Rain lashes Chennai: MeT says #CycloneVardah is moving westward towards Chennai, likely to cross near Chennai this afternoon

7.55 am: We have sufficient standby reserves at Arakkonam. Closely in touch with state Govt authorities, and with other agencies like IMD: DG, NDRF

7.47 am: For TN, we've prepositioned 3 teams in Chennai,2 in Kanchipuram,2 in Tiruvallur, one team on its way to Puducherry: DG, NDRF #cyclonevardah

7.46 am: NDRF closely monitoring situation, teams already prepositioned in Andhra Pradesh: RK Pachnanda DG, NDRF #cyclonevardah

7.45 am: During the next 36 hours, rainfall would occur at many places over north coastal Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Chennai,Tiruvallur: S Balachandran

7.44 am: It is moving westwards direction towards Chennai, likely to cross near Chennai by this afternoon: S Balachandran, MeT Director #Vardah

7.43 am: The very severe cyclonic storm #Vardah is now lying at about 180 kms east of Chennai:S Balachandran, MeT Director

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