A day after Cyclone Vardah, Chennai limps back to normal

Thousands of trees were uprooted, billboards broke, as did telephone and power cables. Photograph:( AFP )

PTI Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Dec 13, 2016, 06.27 AM (IST)

The southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and its capital Chennai limped back to normal Tuesday a day after Cyclone Vardah wreaked havoc on them.  

Flight operations resumed Tuesday morning, and people came out onto the streets Tuesday after the rains abated with many going back to work. 

Civil Aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju tweeted, "Flight operations have resumed at Chennai airport today morning."

Yesterday however, the storm levelled homes, brought down powerlines and flooded low-lying areas.

Strong winds along with rain disrupted road, rail and air traffic. 

 

Thousands of trees were uprooted. (AFP)

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Thousands of trees were uprooted, and billboards and power cables left broken Tuesday. 

 

Some area of the city remained flooded, with officials using pumps to flush the water out. 

In many areas, power was still to be restored. (AFP)

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Rail services Tuesday remained skeletal and power was yet to be restored to a number of areas.

Chennai corporation officials, along with residents, were seen clearing fallen trees. 

People were also seen heading towards shops and supermarkets to buy food, water, and candles.

Bus services were skeletal. (AFP)

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Cyclone Vardah -- the strongest cyclone to hit Chennai in two decades -- left 10 people dead in its wake. More than 10,000 had to be evacuated. 

(WION with inputs from PTI)