Wednesday, 14 December 2016
At least 12 people are feared dead in parts of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh as a severe cyclonic storm hit India’s southeast coast. Hundreds of trees were found uprooted and and vehicles were seen overturned due to high velocity wind along with heavy rains.
IT majors like Cognizant, Infosys, HCL Tech and Wipro gave work-from-home option to many of their employees on Monday as cyclone Vardah lashed the city.
Factories near Chennai were mostly shut on Monday. While some bigger factories opened early, they decided to send workers home early seeing the intensity of the winds. Banks shut branches midday as the cyclone picked up speed even as some ATMs continued to dispense cash. With mobile connectivity poor and patchy, consumers found it difficult to pay via e-wallets.
Chennai may have had another tryst with extreme weather — Monday’s cyclone Vardah with wind speeds of 120 kmph — but former CM J Jayalalithaa’s most far-reaching welfare project, the Amma canteens, ensured that the city did not have to bear the ordeal on an empty stomach.
The strongest cyclone witnessed by Chennai in two decades left train operations in the city and its neighbouring suburbs in disarray. While 31 long-distance trains were cancelled, suburban services were suspended from 1pm and many more trains were stranded at locations outside Chennai.
Sixteen trains were held up in the Jolarpettai-Chennai Central section and four trains in the Villupuram-Chennai Egmore section. Platforms on Chennai Beach and Central stations were badly damaged. Overhead cables snapped on the Chennai-Arakkonam sector, trees fell on the track at Perambur, Egmore and Chetpet, which delayed and later led to the suspension of services.
Passengers at Chennai Central were stranded without electricity as also cab and auto services, though food was available in the umpteen stalls. At around 1 pm, bus services stopped and auto drivers began to charge a premium of at least Rs 100 above the meter rates.
Flight service from Chennai which were suspended due to bad weather has resumed on Tuesday as the situation improved, much to the relief of many stranded passengers.
Source by: Internet