Online news channel!

Tag: nellore

Cyclone Vardah as it happened: Four killed in Tamil Nadu, two fishermen go missing off Kakinada coast

Cyclone Vardah as it happened: Four killed in Tamil Nadu, two fishermen go missing off Kakinada coast

By Updated: Dec 12, 2016 21:36 IST

Dec 12, 2016

  • 21:10(IST)

  • 21:07(IST)

  • 20:36(IST)

  • 19:56(IST)

  • 19:55(IST)

  • 19:54(IST)

  • 19:46(IST)

  • 19:34(IST)

  • 19:21(IST)

  • 19:19(IST)

  • 18:46(IST)

  • 18:39(IST)

  • 18:29(IST)

  • 18:24(IST)

  • 18:20(IST)

  • 18:14(IST)

  • 18:07(IST)

  • 17:54(IST)

  • 17:30(IST)

  • 17:13(IST)

  • 17:12(IST)

  • 17:06(IST)

  • 16:58(IST)

  • 16:58(IST)

  • 16:42(IST)

  • 16:39(IST)

  • 16:35(IST)

  • 16:32(IST)

  • 16:29(IST)

  • 16:26(IST)

  • 16:26(IST)

  • 16:24(IST)

  • 16:02(IST)

  • 15:56(IST)

  • 15:49(IST)

  • 15:47(IST)

  • 15:36(IST)

  • 15:29(IST)

  • 15:25(IST)

  • 15:20(IST)

  • 15:17(IST)

  • 15:09(IST)

  • 15:05(IST)

  • 15:04(IST)

  • 14:52(IST)

  • 14:44(IST)

  • 14:41(IST)

  • 14:37(IST)

  • 14:30(IST)

  • 14:29(IST)

  • 14:21(IST)

  • 14:12(IST)

  • 14:10(IST)

  • 14:04(IST)

  • 14:02(IST)

  • 14:00(IST)

  • 13:49(IST)

  • 13:40(IST)

  • 13:36(IST)

  • 13:31(IST)

  • 13:29(IST)

  • 13:25(IST)

  • 13:22(IST)

  • 13:20(IST)

  • 13:19(IST)

  • 13:17(IST)

  • 13:15(IST)

  • 13:01(IST)

  • 12:56(IST)

  • 12:53(IST)

  • 12:52(IST)

  • 12:50(IST)

  • 12:49(IST)

  • 12:48(IST)

  • 12:46(IST)

  • 12:43(IST)

  • 12:36(IST)

  • 12:27(IST)

  • 12:22(IST)

  • 12:19(IST)

  • 12:11(IST)

  • 12:09(IST)

  • 12:04(IST)

  • 12:01(IST)

  • 11:58(IST)

  • 11:53(IST)

  • 11:52(IST)

  • 11:51(IST)

  • 11:50(IST)

  • 11:48(IST)

  • 11:46(IST)

  • 11:44(IST)

  • 11:42(IST)

  • 11:41(IST)

  • 11:40(IST)

  • 11:39(IST)

  • 11:33(IST)

  • 11:30(IST)

  • 11:29(IST)

  • 11:23(IST)

New Delhi: Cyclonic storm Vardah, which was earlier expected to weaken considerably, may not see its intensity going down when it makes landfall near Chennai on Monday. According to the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department, (IMD), Vardah, which is currently, a very severe cyclonic storm, will weaken, but only to a severe cyclonic storm.

Cyclone Vardah over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.Cyclone Vardah over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Cyclone Vardah over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

The earlier forecast made by the IMD was that it would weaken into a cyclonic storm, thereby reducing its intensity considerably. At 9.30 am, the cyclone was lay centered around 105 kms east-northeast of Chennai.

By the time it makes a landfall, its wind speed is expected to be 100-110 kilometres per hours with winds gusting up to 120 kmph. The wind speed during a very severe cyclonic storm is 120 to 130 kmph. In a severe cyclonic storm the wind speed is somewhere between 110 to 80 kilometres per hour. One of the major reasons for destruction in any cyclone is the wind velocity, apart from heavy to heavy rains and flooding.

Rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry is very likely during 36 hrs. The rainfall intensity will increase gradually becoming heavy to very heavy rainfall (7-19 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall (20 centimetres) over Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Nellore and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh on 12 December, the IMD said.

Tidal wave of about one metre height above the astronomical tide is very likely to inundate the low lying areas of Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Nellore districts of Andhra Pradesh during the time of landfall.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Dec 12, 2016 21:35 IST

Comment using Disqus

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.

Cyclone Vardah LIVE: 2 killed as storm slams Chennai; heavy rains expected, says NDMA

Cyclone Vardah LIVE: 2 killed as storm slams Chennai; heavy rains expected, says NDMA

‘);
FB.XFBML.parse();
*/
});

By Updated: Dec 12, 2016 16:27 IST

Dec 12, 2016

  • 16:26(IST)

  • 16:26(IST)

  • 16:24(IST)

  • 16:02(IST)

  • 15:56(IST)

  • 15:49(IST)

  • 15:47(IST)

  • 15:36(IST)

  • 15:29(IST)

  • 15:25(IST)

  • 15:20(IST)

  • 15:17(IST)

  • 15:09(IST)

  • 15:05(IST)

  • 15:04(IST)

  • 14:52(IST)

  • 14:44(IST)

  • 14:41(IST)

  • 14:37(IST)

  • 14:30(IST)

  • 14:29(IST)

  • 14:21(IST)

  • 14:12(IST)

  • 14:10(IST)

  • 14:04(IST)

  • 14:02(IST)

  • 14:00(IST)

  • 13:49(IST)

  • 13:40(IST)

  • 13:36(IST)

  • 13:31(IST)

  • 13:29(IST)

  • 13:25(IST)

  • 13:22(IST)

  • 13:20(IST)

  • 13:19(IST)

  • 13:17(IST)

  • 13:15(IST)

  • 13:01(IST)

  • 12:56(IST)

  • 12:53(IST)

  • 12:52(IST)

  • 12:50(IST)

  • 12:49(IST)

  • 12:48(IST)

  • 12:46(IST)

  • 12:43(IST)

  • 12:36(IST)

  • 12:27(IST)

  • 12:22(IST)

  • 12:19(IST)

  • 12:11(IST)

  • 12:09(IST)

  • 12:04(IST)

  • 12:01(IST)

  • 11:58(IST)

  • 11:53(IST)

  • 11:52(IST)

  • 11:51(IST)

  • 11:50(IST)

  • 11:48(IST)

  • 11:46(IST)

  • 11:44(IST)

  • 11:42(IST)

  • 11:41(IST)

  • 11:40(IST)

  • 11:39(IST)

  • 11:33(IST)

  • 11:30(IST)

  • 11:29(IST)

  • 11:23(IST)

  • 11:20(IST)

  • 11:18(IST)

  • 11:10(IST)

  • 11:06(IST)

  • 11:04(IST)

  • 11:02(IST)

  • 11:00(IST)

  • 10:58(IST)

New Delhi: Cyclonic storm Vardah, which was earlier expected to weaken considerably, may not see its intensity going down when it makes landfall near Chennai on Monday. According to the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department, (IMD), Vardah, which is currently, a very severe cyclonic storm, will weaken, but only to a severe cyclonic storm.

Cyclone Vardah over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.Cyclone Vardah over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Cyclone Vardah over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

The earlier forecast made by the IMD was that it would weaken into a cyclonic storm, thereby reducing its intensity considerably. At 9.30 am, the cyclone was lay centered around 105 kms east-northeast of Chennai.

By the time it makes a landfall, its wind speed is expected to be 100-110 kilometres per hours with winds gusting up to 120 kmph. The wind speed during a very severe cyclonic storm is 120 to 130 kmph. In a severe cyclonic storm the wind speed is somewhere between 110 to 80 kilometres per hour. One of the major reasons for destruction in any cyclone is the wind velocity, apart from heavy to heavy rains and flooding.

Rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry is very likely during 36 hrs. The rainfall intensity will increase gradually becoming heavy to very heavy rainfall (7-19 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall (20 centimetres) over Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Nellore and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh on 12 December, the IMD said.

Tidal wave of about one metre height above the astronomical tide is very likely to inundate the low lying areas of Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Nellore districts of Andhra Pradesh during the time of landfall.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Dec 12, 2016 16:26 IST

Comment using Disqus

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.

LIVE India Vs England Live Score

IND vs ENG | Dec 8th, 2016

ENG 195 10 55.3

RUNS

WKTS

OVERS

Cricket Scores

Cyclone Vardah LIVE: Winds clock 100 kmph; 7,357 people evacuated to 54 relief centres

Cyclone Vardah LIVE: Winds clock 100 kmph; 7,357 people evacuated to 54 relief centres

‘);
FB.XFBML.parse();
*/
});

By Updated: Dec 12, 2016 13:45 IST

Dec 12, 2016

  • 14:02(IST)

  • 14:00(IST)

  • 13:49(IST)

  • 13:40(IST)

  • 13:36(IST)

  • 13:31(IST)

  • 13:29(IST)

  • 13:25(IST)

  • 13:22(IST)

  • 13:20(IST)

  • 13:19(IST)

  • 13:17(IST)

  • 13:15(IST)

  • 13:01(IST)

  • 12:56(IST)

  • 12:53(IST)

  • 12:52(IST)

  • 12:50(IST)

  • 12:49(IST)

  • 12:48(IST)

  • 12:46(IST)

  • 12:43(IST)

  • 12:36(IST)

  • 12:27(IST)

  • 12:22(IST)

  • 12:19(IST)

  • 12:11(IST)

  • 12:09(IST)

  • 12:04(IST)

  • 12:01(IST)

  • 11:58(IST)

  • 11:53(IST)

  • 11:52(IST)

  • 11:51(IST)

  • 11:50(IST)

  • 11:48(IST)

  • 11:46(IST)

  • 11:44(IST)

  • 11:42(IST)

  • 11:41(IST)

  • 11:40(IST)

  • 11:39(IST)

  • 11:33(IST)

  • 11:30(IST)

  • 11:29(IST)

  • 11:23(IST)

  • 11:20(IST)

  • 11:18(IST)

  • 11:10(IST)

  • 11:06(IST)

  • 11:04(IST)

  • 11:02(IST)

  • 11:00(IST)

  • 10:58(IST)

New Delhi: Cyclonic storm Vardah, which was earlier expected to weaken considerably, may not see its intensity going down when it makes landfall near Chennai on Monday. According to the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department, (IMD), Vardah, which is currently, a very severe cyclonic storm, will weaken, but only to a severe cyclonic storm.

Cyclone Vardah over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.Cyclone Vardah over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Cyclone Vardah over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

The earlier forecast made by the IMD was that it would weaken into a cyclonic storm, thereby reducing its intensity considerably. At 9.30 am, the cyclone was lay centered around 105 kms east-northeast of Chennai.

By the time it makes a landfall, its wind speed is expected to be 100-110 kilometres per hours with winds gusting up to 120 kmph. The wind speed during a very severe cyclonic storm is 120 to 130 kmph. In a severe cyclonic storm the wind speed is somewhere between 110 to 80 kilometres per hour. One of the major reasons for destruction in any cyclone is the wind velocity, apart from heavy to heavy rains and flooding.

Rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry is very likely during 36 hrs. The rainfall intensity will increase gradually becoming heavy to very heavy rainfall (7-19 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall (20 centimetres) over Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Nellore and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh on 12 December, the IMD said.

Tidal wave of about one metre height above the astronomical tide is very likely to inundate the low lying areas of Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Nellore districts of Andhra Pradesh during the time of landfall.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Dec 12, 2016 12:58 IST

Comment using Disqus

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.

LIVE India Vs England Live Score

IND vs ENG | Dec 8th, 2016

ENG 195 10 55.3

RUNS

WKTS

OVERS

Cricket Scores

Cylone Vardah LIVE: Storm unlikely to weaken after landfall; air and rail travel hit

Dec 12, 2016

Highlights

  • 11:48(IST)

  • 11:46(IST)

  • 11:44(IST)

  • 11:42(IST)

  • 11:41(IST)

  • 11:40(IST)

  • 11:39(IST)

  • 11:33(IST)

  • 11:30(IST)

  • 11:29(IST)

  • 11:23(IST)

  • 11:20(IST)

  • 11:18(IST)

  • 11:10(IST)

  • 11:06(IST)

  • 11:04(IST)

  • 11:02(IST)

  • 11:00(IST)

  • 10:58(IST)

New Delhi: Cyclonic storm Vardah, which was earlier expected to weaken considerably, may not see its intensity going down when it makes landfall near Chennai on Monday. According to the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department, (IMD), Vardah, which is currently, a very severe cyclonic storm, will weaken, but only to a severe cyclonic storm.

Cyclone Vardah over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.Cyclone Vardah over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Cyclone Vardah over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

The earlier forecast made by the IMD was that it would weaken into a cyclonic storm, thereby reducing its intensity considerably. At 9.30 am, the cyclone was lay centered around 105 kms east-northeast of Chennai.

By the time it makes a landfall, its wind speed is expected to be 100-110 kilometres per hours with winds gusting up to 120 kmph. The wind speed during a very severe cyclonic storm is 120 to 130 kmph. In a severe cyclonic storm the wind speed is somewhere between 110 to 80 kilometres per hour. One of the major reasons for destruction in any cyclone is the wind velocity, apart from heavy to heavy rains and flooding.

Rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry is very likely during 36 hrs. The rainfall intensity will increase gradually becoming heavy to very heavy rainfall (7-19 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall (20 centimetres) over Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Nellore and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh on 12 December, the IMD said.

Tidal wave of about one metre height above the astronomical tide is very likely to inundate the low lying areas of Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Nellore districts of Andhra Pradesh during the time of landfall.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Dec 12, 2016 11:48 IST

Cylone Vardah LIVE: Storm may not weaken much when it makes landfall, says IMD

Dec 12, 2016

Highlights

  • 11:20(IST)

  • 11:18(IST)

  • 11:10(IST)

  • 11:06(IST)

  • 11:04(IST)

  • 11:02(IST)

  • 11:00(IST)

  • 10:58(IST)

New Delhi: Cyclonic storm Vardah, which was earlier expected to weaken considerably, may not see its intensity going down when it makes landfall near Chennai on Monday. According to the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department, (IMD), Vardah, which is currently, a very severe cyclonic storm, will weaken, but only to a severe cyclonic storm.

Cyclone Vardah over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.Cyclone Vardah over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Cyclone Vardah over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

The earlier forecast made by the IMD was that it would weaken into a cyclonic storm, thereby reducing its intensity considerably. At 9.30 am, the cyclone was lay centered around 105 kms east-northeast of Chennai.

By the time it makes a landfall, its wind speed is expected to be 100-110 kilometres per hours with winds gusting up to 120 kmph. The wind speed during a very severe cyclonic storm is 120 to 130 kmph. In a severe cyclonic storm the wind speed is somewhere between 110 to 80 kilometres per hour. One of the major reasons for destruction in any cyclone is the wind velocity, apart from heavy to heavy rains and flooding.

Rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry is very likely during 36 hrs. The rainfall intensity will increase gradually becoming heavy to very heavy rainfall (7-19 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall (20 centimetres) over Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Nellore and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh on 12 December, the IMD said.

Tidal wave of about one metre height above the astronomical tide is very likely to inundate the low lying areas of Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Nellore districts of Andhra Pradesh during the time of landfall.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Dec 12, 2016 11:16 IST

Cyclone Vardah: Storm moves further, expected to make landfall near Chennai

Chennai: Chennai and its suburbs continue to receive rains since Sunday night with severe cyclonic storm set to cross close to the coast here on Monday afternoon, said weather department.

According to the meteorological department, the cyclonic storm Vardah over Bay of Bengal moved further at a speed of around 13 kmph.

It lay centred over west-central and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal about 150 km east-northeast of Chennai and 290 km east-southeast of Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, the weather department said.

“The system is very likely to move nearly westwards and cross north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts, close to Chennai with a wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph by Monday afternoon,” a bulletin issued by meteorological department said.

IMD_1IMD_1

The MET department has predicted rainfall over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry over the next 36 hours (till Wednesday).

The rainfall intensity would increase gradually becoming heavy to very heavy rainfall (7-19 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall (less than equal to 20 cm) over Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Nellore and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh on December 12.

The weather department has warned of squally winds speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph along and off Andhra Pradesh and adjoining north Tamil Nadu coasts becoming 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph during the time of landfall along and off Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Nellore and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh.

The tidal wave of about one metre height above the astronomical tide is very likely to inundate the low lying areas of Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Nellore districts of Andhra Pradesh during the time of landfall.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government has taken necessary steps and precautions to meet the situation that may arise due to the cyclone.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Sunday reviewed the preparedness with ministers and officials.

District administrations and all field officers were put on high alert.

Similarly Army, Navy, Air-force and Coast Guard were also geared up to lend a helping hand when required.

The government declared a holiday for all government, government-aided private schools, colleges and other educational institutions in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur districts.

The Tamil Nadu government has also advised private sector organisations to allow their workers to avail holiday or work from home.

First Published On : Dec 12, 2016 10:04 IST

Cyclone Vardah: Torrential rains lash coastal districts of Tamil Nadu

Chennai: Heavy rains coupled with squally winds on Monday lashed the northern coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, as very severe cyclonic storm ‘Vardah’ was expected to make landfall this afternoon. Vardah lay 220 kilometres east-northeast of Chennai and 290 kilometre east-southeast of Nellore, the Meteorological office said.

IMD_1IMD_1

“The system is very likely to move nearly westwards and weaken gradually while moving towards north Tamil Nadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts,” the office said.

“It is very likely to cross north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts, close to Chennai as a cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 80 to 90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph by 12th December 2016 afternoon,” it said.

Heavy rains lashed Chennai, Tiruvallore and Kancheepuram districts since early morning even as squally winds were witnessed in these districts. Power supply was suspended in many parts of these regions as a precautionary measure.

The armed forces have been asked to be on standby with the amy, navy and air force prepared to be deployed anytime as and when required. People in low-lying areas have been asked to move to safer zones even as various arms of the government were prepared to meet any eventuality. Flight services were so far operating smoothly, airport officials said.

First Published On : Dec 12, 2016 09:47 IST

Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh brace to deal with Vardah as it makes landfall near Chennai tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Severe cyclonic storm ‘Vardah’ over the Bay of Bengal will make landfall near Chennai on Monday, the weather office said on Sunday, as the coastal states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh brace to deal with it. The system is expected to bring heavy rainfall in coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, and southern Andhra Pradesh. “Vardah lay centred at about 440 km east of Chennai (at 0830 hrs today) and the system is expected to move westwards and cross Chennai by December 12 afternoon,” S Balachandran, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, said in Chennai.However, its intensity will get reduced considerably by the time it makes the landfall. The MeT office in Delhi has briefed the PMO and the Cabinet Secretariat on the cyclonic storm. KJ Ramesh, Director General of the IMD said, “I have personally spoken to chief secretaries of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, while the regional MeT offices are in constant touch with the Disaster Management Commissioners of these two states.”Meanwhile, the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) at Chennai said the storm is expected to bring heavy rainfall in northern coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, including the capital city. Southern Andhra Pradesh is also expected to receive heavy showers. Wind speed would be in the order of 40-50 kph, it said. Isolated heavy to very heavy rain is likely to commence this evening in north Coastal Tamil Nadu and Puduchery and Southern Andhra Pradesh, the RMC said in its weather warning put on its website.
ALSO READ Cyclone Vardah to cross south coast of Andhra, Met dept issues alert for fishermenSqually winds and rough to very rough sea conditions are expected along and off Andhra Pradesh, north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts from Sunday night, it said. “Storm surge of about 1 metre above astronomical tide is expected at the time of landfall,” the RMC said.IMD said it may cause damage to thatched huts and power and communication lines. The damage may also be caused to paddy crops, banana, papaya trees and orchards in Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu; Ongole and Nellore districts of Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry, the IMD said in its advisory.
ALSO READ Cyclone Vardah to cross Bay of Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh on alertIt also urged fishermen in Tamil Nadu, Puduchery and Andhra Pradesh coasts to keep away from the seas for the next 48 hours. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said NDRF teams have been deployed in Tamil Nadu on account of the cyclonic storm. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, each consisting of 38 rescuers, have been deployed in Chennai, Tiruvallore and Kancheepuram, the force said on its official Twitter handle. The teams have also been deployed at Nellore, Sulurpeta, Parkasham and Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh, it tweeted.The force has also asked people to get information from TV and radio on the cyclone and advised them to keep a stock of dry fruits and keep their mobile phones charged. Cyclone Nada, which later weakened, had made a landfall near Chennai in the first week of December, bringing much- needed showers in Tamil Nadu. The state has witnessed a below normal Southwest Monsoon as well as Northeast Monsoon, a phenomenon which brings rains in some parts of southern India, especially Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Cyclonic storm Vardah to make landfall near Chennai, NDRF teams deployed in AP, TN

Chennai/New Delhi: Severe cyclonic storm Vardah over the Bay of Bengal will make landfall near Chennai on Monday, the weather office said on Sunday, as the coastal states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh brace to deal with it.

The system is expected to bring heavy rainfall in coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, and southern Andhra Pradesh. “Vardah lay centred at about 440 km east of Chennai and the system is expected to move westwards and cross Chennai by 12 December afternoon,” S Balachandran, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, said in Chennai. However, its intensity will get reduced considerably by the time it makes the landfall.

The Met office in Delhi has briefed the PMO and the Cabinet Secretariat on the cyclonic storm.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

KJ Ramesh, director general of the IMD said, “I have personally spoken to chief secretaries of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, while the regional Met offices are in constant touch with the disaster management commissioners of these two states.”

Meanwhile, the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) at Chennai said the storm is expected to bring heavy rainfall in northern coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, including the capital city. Southern Andhra Pradesh is also expected to receive heavy showers.

Wind speed would be in the order of 40-50 kph, it said.

Isolated heavy to very heavy rain is likely to commence this evening in north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and southern Andhra Pradesh, the RMC said in its weather warning put on its website. Squally winds and rough to very rough sea conditions are expected along and off Andhra Pradesh, north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts from tonight, it said.

“Storm surge of about 1 metre above astronomical tide is expected at the time of landfall,” the RMC said.

The IMD said it may cause damage to thatched huts and power and communication lines.

The damage may also be caused to paddy crops, banana, papaya trees and orchards in Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu; Ongole and Nellore districts of Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry, the IMD said in its advisory.

It also urged fishermen in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh coasts to keep away from the seas for the next 48 hours.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed in Tamil Nadu on account of the cyclonic storm.

The NDRF teams, each consisting of 38 rescuers, have been deployed in Chennai, Tiruvallore and Kanchipuram, the force said on its official Twitter handle.

The teams have also been deployed at Nellore, Sulurpeta, Parkasham and Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh, it tweeted.

The force has also asked people to get information from TV and radio on the cyclone and advised them to keep a stock of dry fruits and keep their mobile phones charged.

Cyclone Nada, which later weakened, had made a landfall near Chennai in the first week of December, bringing much-needed showers in Tamil Nadu. The state has witnessed a below normal Southwest Monsoon as well as Northeast Monsoon, a phenomenon which brings rains in some parts of southern India, especially Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government has put the administration of the respective districts on alert even as the Navy assumed a “high degree” of preparedness to involve itself for possible rescue operations.

State Revenue Minister RB Uthayakumar said the district administration of Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallore and Villupuram have put in preventive steps to avoid any inconvenience to the public and are prepared to face any eventuality.

The Eastern Naval Command (ENC), for its part, “has assumed high degree of readiness to render necessary
assistance.”

“All operational ships have been readied up and kept standby to undertake Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations including evacuation, should the situation demand,” a PIB (Defence) release said.

These ships were embarked with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats, integral helicopters and relief material that include food, tentage, clothes, medicines and blankets, it said.

Further, 30 diving teams with Gemini boats and four platoons with additional relief material are ready to be pressed into action at short notice, it said.

The ENC is closely monitoring the situation and is in constant communication with the state administration to augment rescue and relief operations, it said.

Naval aircraft were also “standing by” at the Naval Air stations Rajali and Dega to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, casualty evacuation and air drop of relief material to the stranded, it added.

First Published On : Dec 11, 2016 16:39 IST

Demonetisation: Jan Akrosh Diwas evokes partial respose in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad: The nation-wide shutdown called by the Left parties over demonetisation of high value currency notes evoked partial response in Telugu states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Monday.

Shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed in some areas while there was not much impact elsewhere.

The services of state-owned Road Transport Corporation (RTC) was near normal in both the states.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The activists of the opposition parties staged protest at RTC depots at many places since early morning, however, the bus services by and large remained unaffected.

Activists of Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Congress and YSR Congress Party staged sit-in at RTC depots. However, the employees union stayed away from the shutdown.

Main opposition YSR Congress and Congress clarified that they have not called for ‘Bharat Bandh’ but were only participating in protests against the people’s sufferings due to demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

The Left parties exempted banks from the strike call.

Congress and CPI workers were arrested by the police at RTC bus depot in Kadapa town of Andhra Pradesh when they staged a sit-in and tried to prevent buses from plying.

YSR Congress Party leader Bhuma Karunakar Reddy and others were arrested when they held a protest demonstration at RTC depot in Tirupati. The left parties took out a rally in the temple town and raised slogans against the central government.

The activists of opposition parties also staged protests in Nellore, Guntur, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and other towns in Andhra Pradesh, where TDP-BJP alliance is in power.

In Telangana, ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) was not participating in the shutdown.

The Left parties and Congress staged sit-in since morning at RTC depots at various places including Khammam, Karimnagar, Jagtiyal, Suryapet and Sircilla.

The Left parties plan to take out a rally in Hyderabad, while Congress, which is observing it as ‘Akrosh Diwas’ would be forming a human chain at the regional office of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in Hyderabad to highlight the problems faced by the people.

Some schools in Hyderabad declared holiday as a precautionary measure. Osmania University, Kakatiya University and Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University (JNTU) postponed their examinations.

First Published On : Nov 28, 2016 11:52 IST

Kerala: NIA begins probe into Malappuram blast

Malappuram: A team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials, probing a blast in Mysuru along with their Kerala counterparts, on Wednesday arrived at the Malappuram Collectorate premises where an explosion took place the previous day.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

The bomb, kept in a pressure cooker, was placed besides the vehicle of a state government official who had come for a routine meeting at the District Collector’s office. There were no casualties or damage in the incident.

IGP (Range) MR Ajithkumar, after inspecting the site, said they have recovered a pen drive and a map of India kept in a box with a slip bearing the name ‘The Base Movement’.

“The pen drive contained visuals which were the same as in those recovered from blast sites in Kollam, Nellore and Mysuru. There were no personal references made in the pen drive or in the map. There is a warning also that such things can happen again. The state police chief is directly supervising the probe,” said Ajithkumar.

On Tuesday, the Kerala Police probe team had already identified presence of ammonium nitrate, used in the bomb, which was used at the other three places also.

In the state assembly after the Congress-led opposition raised the issue on Wednesday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan assured the house that all necessary steps have been taken. Leader of opposition Ramesh Chennithala said it should be ensured that ‘one particular community’ should not be targeted.

BJP legislator in the assembly O Rajagopal expressed his ire by walking out of the house after alleging “absolute callousness” on the part of the government in probing such cases.

State BJP President Kummanam Rajasekharan called for a white paper on the progress of terror-related cases that have been registered in the state.

Contending that there was no serious probe into acts of terror like these he claimed that there were “several sleeping cells” of terror outfit in Kerala.

No more heavy rains for Chennai: Depression moves towards Andhra Pradesh

Chennai: Sparing Tamil Nadu, the deep depression over Bay of Bengal has moved to the Andhra Pradesh coast, and is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by tomorrow, Met office said on Wednesday.

The danger of heavy rainfall, in excess of 25 cm, in Chennai and its neighbourhood forecast last night, has abated with the weather system moving away. However, coastal areas of TN will continue to experience heavy rains for another 24 hours.

The meteorological department said the rainfall would gradually decrease in the state as the deep depression over the Bay of Bengal has moved toward Andhra Pradesh and lay centred about 170 km southeast of Nellore.

Meanwhile, several parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry continued to receive rainfall for the third day today.

Representational image. Getty imagesRepresentational image. Getty images

Representational image. Getty images

Regional Meteorological Centre, Director, K Balachandran told reporters that “due to the system moving away from Tamil Nadu, rainfall would decrease in a phased manner. We are expecting the deep depression to become a cyclone in the next 24-48 hours”, he said adding that heavy rainfall may occur over North Tamil Nadu in one or two places during the period.

A Met office bulletin said, “The system is likely to move north-northeastwards off Andhra Pradesh Coast and intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours.”

In the last 24 hours, that ended at 8.30 am on Wednesday, Kelambakkam, on the outskirts of Chennai, received the highest rainfall of 23 cm, Chennai 11 cm, Nungambakkam 8 cm and Anna Universiy 7.5 cm.

Acting on the Met office forecast on Tuesday night, the Tamil Nadu government has ordered precautionary measures, including directing District Collectors to take all measures and advised senior civil servants to visit districts which are expected to receive heavy rainfall.

The government, which had received flak from opposition parties for its handling of the deluge here in December 2015, has also set up a call centre with the telephone number 1070 to receive rainfall-related grievances.

National Disaster Response Force Teams from neighbouring Vellore, Arakkonam, were also put on standby in low lying areas as part of the precautionery measures.

Greater Chennai Corporation Commissioner B Chandra Mohan said officials have been deputed in all the Corporation zones specifically to monitor rain related relief measures.

Bay of Bengal depression: Andhra may receive heavy rainfall, cyclone predicted

Hyderabad: The MET office has forecast heavy rains in parts of Andhra Pradesh as the depression over southwest Bay of Bengal may intensify into a cyclonic storm.

The depression moved north northwest and lay centred about 120 km south by southeast of Chennai, the India Meteorological Department said on Tuesday evening.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

“The system is likely to move north northwestwards towards north Tamil Nadu, south Andhra Pradesh coast and further intensify into a deep depression during next 24 hours. The system is likely to be close to Chennai during morning hours of 18 May. It will move northwards and then recurve north northeastwards and may intensify into a cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours,” it said.

Strong winds with speed reaching 50 to 60 km per hour are likely along and off south and north coastal Andhra.

The IMD advised fishermen not to venture into the sea as sea condition is likely to be rough along and off coastal Andhra.

The met office has forecast heavy rain at isolated places in the districts of Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam and Nellore of coastal Andhra Pradesh and Chittoor, Anantapur, Kadapa and Kurnool of Rayalaseema on Thursday and Friday.

Hyderabad Meteorological Centre has forecast thunderstorm accompanies with squalls at isolated places in Telangana till 21 May.

Meanwhile, there was appreciable rise in maximum temperatures at one or two places in Telangana.

Adilabad was the hottest place in the state with maximum temperature of 43.8 degrees Celsius. Ramagundam recorded 43 degrees Celsius.

The heat wave in Telangana has claimed 300 lives this season but rains over past few days significantly brought down the mercury.

IAS officer Rekha Rani lands in trouble for marrying actress’ husband

On Tuesday, the SR Nagar police filed a case against actress Poojitha’s husband for marrying Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh managing director G. Rekha Rani, an IAS officer. The Deccan Chronicle reports that former journalist P. Vijay Gopal, who is currently the PA to Araku MP Kothapalli Geetha, cheated actress Poojitha whom he was married to.Police have filed a case against him including IPC Section 496 (marriage ceremony fraudulently gone through without lawful marriage) in the FIR. Poojitha has given police evidence of their marriage including a letter from the priest who allegedly performed their marriage in 1994. She has also submitted the ration card, Voter’s ID card, her delivery records, family photos, her son’s birth certificate and school admission records, adds the daily. She doesn’t have a marriage certificate. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Poojitha has told the daily that the wedding took place 15 years ago at the Birla Temple at the sanctorum of Sri Venkateswara Swamy. She has now alleged that Vijay Gopal has cheated her and other women and asked that the police take action. She states that they have a child too and that the couple is not divorced. IAS officer G Rekha Rani is well-known thanks to getting Sachin Tendulkar to adopt a village in Nellore, when she was joint collector there in 2014. She has denied the allegations and stated that Poojitha and Vijay Gopal were not married but only in a live-in relationship. Vijay Gopal also states the same.

Heat wave conditions may prevail in Andhra Pradesh for next 48 hours

Heat wave conditions are likely to prevail in various districts of Andhra Pradesh during the next 48 hours, according to the meteorology department.”Heat wave conditions may continue in districts of Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam and Nellore of coastal Andhra Pradesh and in Anantapuramu, Chittoor, Kadapa and Kurnool in Rayalaseema region during the next 48 hours,” an IMD heat wave warning bulletin stated Tuesday night.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As per the data received till evening, severe heat wave condition prevailed in 33 mandals and heat wave condition in 113 mandals while rest were normal. “Prediction for next two days indicate severe heat wave conditions in 29 mandals and moderate conditions in remaining parts of Andhra Pradesh,” the bulletin said. It stated there is an appreciable fall in maximum temperatures at one or two places in Rayalaseema and marked fall in the maximum temperatures at one or two places in coastal Andhra Pradesh.
ALSO READ Heat wave claims 49 lives in TelanganaThe highest maximum temperature at 45 degree celsius was recorded in Anantapur, Kurnool and Nandyal. Meanwhile, the director of Disaster Management said in a statement that the personnel of Medical and Health departments have conducted 21,361 medical camps till now.”A total of 10,32,171 ORS packets were distributed by Health personnel till now, while stocks of ORS packets and medicines are being replenished regularly and awareness campaigning is continuing throughout the state,” the statement said.

Railways to run Suvidha special train to clear extra rush

To clear extra rush of passenger traffic, Southern Railway will run Superfast Suvidha special train from Ernakulam to Howrah on March 15, 22 and 29.The superfast Suvidha special train will leave Ernakulam at 08.50 a m on these days and reach Howrah at 11 00 p m on their respective following days, a SR release said here. The train will pass through Aluva, Thrissur, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Erode, Jolarpettai, Katpadi, Renigunta, Nellore, Ongole, Vijayawada, Eluru, Rajahmundry, Visakhapatnam, Brahmapur, Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Bhadrak and Kharagpur stations, it said.