Cyclone Vardah-related incidents claimed 18 lives in Tamil Nadu on Monday. Following the calamity, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam held a meeting of top officials to ensure return of normalcy in storm-hit regions.
“A total of 18 people were killed in rain-related incidents linked to Cyclone Vardah,” a top Tamil Nadu government official monitoring the situation said. While five each were killed in Chennai and Tiruvallur districts, four died in Kancheepuram district, one each in Villupuram and Nagapattinam districts and two in Tiruvannamali district, he said.
The government said it is taking all steps to restore the jammed mobile phone networks. A meeting of telecom operators and officials was held, it said.
“Chief Minister Panneerselvam held a meeting of top officials today. Our priority is to restore power supply which has been hit due to fallen trees, clear clogged roads which have fallen trees,” the official said. He said traffic has been cleared in all affected districts and efforts were now on to clear the roads and restore power in other nearby areas.
“The TANGEDO (State-run power undertaking) itself has deployed about 4,000 personnel to ensure quick restoration of power supply,” he said.
Tiruvannamalai, Vellore and the Western belt of Dharmapuri too witnessed heavy rains brought by cyclone Vardah.
Government officials and other state agencies from Ariyalur, Perambalur, Tiruvallur, Cuddalore, Salem and Thanjavur districts were being deployed to handle the situation in the cyclone-hit regions, the official said, adding that more than 13,000 people are being sheltered in over 100 relief centres.
(With inputs from agencies)