18 people killed due to Cyclone Vardah related incidents in TN
Eighteen people were killed in six districts of Tamil Nadu in rain-related incidents related to cyclone Vardah that crossed the coast, while government head O Panneerselvam held a meeting of senior officials to speed up work for To ensure normalcy in areas affected by the storm.
The government said it takes all steps to ensure that the blocked cellular networks are restored and a meeting of telecommunications operators and officials took place.
“A total of 18 people were killed in rain-related incidents related to cyclone Vardah,” a senior official of the Tamil Nadu government told PTI.
He said five of them were killed in the districts of Chennai and Tiruvallur. Four people died in the district of Kancheepuram, each in the districts of Villupuram and Nagapattinam and two in the district of Tiruvannamali, officials added.
All of these deaths were in the revenue districts.
He said that the expected districts like Tiruvannamalai, Vellore and the western belt of Dharmapuri also witnessed the abundant rains that began with the beginning of the earthquake of cyclone Vardah.
“Chief Minister Panneerselvam held a meeting of senior officials today. Our priority is to restore the energy supply that has been hit by fallen trees, clogged clear roads that have fallen trees,” said official.
He said traffic had already been cleared in all arteries in all affected districts and efforts were now on to clear roads and restore power in other neighborhoods.
“TANGEDO (a state-owned electricity company) has deployed about 4,000 people to ensure the rapid restoration of power supply,” he said.
The staff of several government departments, including Revenue, Police, Fisheries, Livestock and other state agencies in the districts of Ariyalur, Perambalur, Tiruvallur, Cuddalore, Salem and Thanjavur were deployed to manage the situation in Regions affected by the cyclone.
Depending on the number of people in the rescue centers, more than 13,000 people are housed in more than 100 centers. All vulnerable sectors have been identified in advance and teams of officials are at work, he said.
At a question about clogged mobile phone networks, he said a meeting of telecommunications officials and operators was required to handle the situation and ensure the expeditious return of normalcy.