A Case Study On Vardah Cyclone


A Case Study On Vardah Cyclone :

As we all know, disasters hit the world in an extreme level nowadays. Having a good idea on the disasters and their after effects is much essential in current scenario.

One of the recent shocks of India, especially Chennai is the Vardah Cyclone.

What Happened – How Did Vardah Hit Chennai?

It all started with a low pressure area created in Malay Peninsula and the Sumatra region that adjoins it. The same was moving towards the Southeast of Bay of Bengal. Obviously, this low pressure area created a tropical disturbance.

Starting slowly, the cyclone reached a peak on December 11 – (Winds moving violently in the speed of 130 Km/hr with a minimum central pressure of 982 hpa) and so continued the violent storms for the next 2 or 3 days.

The name Vardah was given by Pakistan and it means Red rose in Urdu.

Vardah – After effects:

  • Tremendous trees fallen down along with their deep and strong roots
  • Unexpected and defacing high-rised buildings to grounds
  • Expensive cars smashed to be useless
  • The whole public transport and telecommunication coming to a standstill

People were supported during Vardah:

The people who were affected by Vardah were uninterruptedly supported by The Indian Armed Forces. Also, many teams belonging to the National Disaster Relief Force were deployed in coastal regions. The losses were huge but people helped each other to bring up the situation to a normal state.

Lessons Learnt From Vardah:

A new and worst experience to people of South India, Vardah Cyclone has much to educate people on Do’s and Dont’s during a Cyclone:


  • When an alert is put on, it is good to stay indoors
  • If people are outside, it is better to rush to relief centers if residence is not nearby. Once a person enters relief center, it is safe to be inside until it is advised to go outside
  • It is good to stay away from low-lying areas
  • People in relief shelters should not leave the premises till the rescuers advised to do so.
  • Once informed about a cyclone coming over, keeping a stock of adequate food, medicines and drinking water is the best way to survive a cyclone
  • Keeping the mobile phones, emergency lights and other such devices fully charged is good to meet power cuts


  • It is better to avoid to travel or use personal vehicles
  • It is good to avoid walking on roads since loose or dangling wires might turn dangerous to you
  • It is not advisable to stay alone. Staying in groups is good since everyone can help each other

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Article publié pour la première fois le 24/01/2017

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