Written by Ilona Dam | New Delhi | Updated: December 12, 2016 5:25 pmCyclone Vardah has made landfall off the coast of Chennai Monday afternoon and thousands have been evacuated in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh. The Metrological Department warned those residing along the coast about the approaching cyclone Vardah. The cyclone had already left 1500 people stranded in the islands of Havelock and Neil in Andaman and Nicobar islands last week. The NDMA, Indian Navy, Indian Army and NDRF are all set to start rescue operations the moment weather conditions improve. Here are the last five cyclones which hit the coast of India.
1. Cyclone Nada (2016)
Cyclone Nada originated in the form of depression in the Bay of Bengal and hit Tamil Nadu and Kerala, earlier this month. There was light to moderate rainfall in both the states, with fishermen advised not to venture out into the sea because of the rough sea. With NDMA and NDRF( National Disaster Response Force) prepared to tackle the cyclone, not much damage was reported.
2. Cyclone Kyant (2016)
Cyclone Kyant made its way to India from the east-central Bay of Bengal, late in October this year. Although the cyclone did not make an impactful landfall, it resulted in strong winds over Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coast. It also resulted in moderate rainfall in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The sea continued to be rough for a few days, with fishermen advised not to venture in. People in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh saw a wet Diwali due to continuous downpour for many days.
3. Cyclone Roanu (2016)
Roanu originated from the south of Sri Lanka, which then intensified into a cyclonic storm as it accelerated its way to the coast of Bangladesh, in May this year. The cyclone resulted in around 200 deaths in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and heavy rainfall in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Odisha. Reports revealed that Chennai had received the highest rainfall over two decades due to the cyclone. About 12,000 rescue officials were deployed in the city to control the chaos.
4. Gujarat Cyclone (2015)
Also known as Deep Depression ARB 02, the cyclone resulted in floods in Gujarat in the month of June last year. The flood claimed about 80 lives and left many injured. Apart from loss of human life, the cyclone also led to the destruction of crops, death of cattle and damage to the Gir forest. The carcass of about 20 Asiatic lions were recovered from the forest. 4,000 people were evacuated from various villages and around 200 from the flood-affected areas. A compensation of Rs. 3 billion was announced after seeing the loss of human life and infrastructure.
5. Hudhud (2014)
A strong tropical cyclone, Hudhud led to a massive loss of life and property in eastern India and Nepal. The cyclone originated from a low-pressure system in the Andaman Sea, in May 2014. It made its landfall in October, affecting places like Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Nepal. Heavy rains and floods resulting from the cyclone led to 124 deaths in Andhra Pradesh and Vishakapatnam. A loss of approximately Rs. 21,000 crore was reported. The Modi government had announced Rs. 1000 crore as aid to the affected areas.