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Dec 13 2016 (07:43)  Vardah drenches Vellore, disrupts train services (
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Met office predicts strong winds accompanied with heavy rain
A day that started off with an overcast sky and light showers ended with heavy downpour in many parts of Vellore as cyclone “Vardah” made a landfall in Chennai on Monday. Arakkonam received heavy rain accompanied by strong winds during the day, recording 92 mm rainfall till 4 p.m.
As the clouds moved to Vellore in the evening, the district administration deployed rescue teams. According to the Revenue Administration, Disaster Management and Mitigation Department, the district received an average rainfall of 15.11 mm with
Arakkonam registering the highest, followed by Kaveripakkam (19.40 mm). Vellore recorded 17.9 mm rainfall in 24 hours till 5.30 p.m. Parts of Arcot, Walajah and Melalathur also received rains.
Officials of the Vellore Meteorological Office said that there would be continuous heavy rain with thunderstorms, with wind speed of 40 to 60 km per hour gusting up to 70 km per hour for at least four or five hours from 6 p.m. There was heavy downpour in Vellore.
About 30 trees had uprooted in various parts of Vellore, particularly in Arakkonam, Sholinghur, and Walajah. But the trees were removed immediately by the Highways department. As Arakkonam experienced heavy rains accompanied by winds, a number of electric poles had fallen, according to officials.
Collector S.A. Raman said all steps had been taken as Vellore was on the path of cyclone “Vardah”. Zonal teams — one for each taluk — and rescue teams had been deployed. These teams had officials from all departments such as Highways and Public Works. The Superintendent of Police had formed 10 teams of police personnel, four of which were deployed at Arakkonam, Walajah, Ranipet, and Arcot, he said.
Trains disrupted
A number of Chennai-bound trains were halted in various railway stations in Vellore district for several hours. Southern Railway officials said Bengaluru-Chennai Express was terminated at Katpadi at noon while Coimbatore Intercity Express was terminated at Sholinghur at 3 p.m. The Mangaluru-Chennai West Coast Express was stopped at Ambur station while Bengaluru-Chennai Mail was stopped at Vaniyambadi station from noon.
Two trains — Kochuveli Guwahati Special and Alappuzha to Dhanbad Express — were halted at Jolarpet station from 1 p.m. and 6.20 p.m. respectively.
Officials said arrangements were made to help passengers reach their destinations. “Some passengers, who were travelling in Bengaluru to Chennai Express that was halted in Katpadi, wanted to return to Bengaluru. We made arrangements and sent about 60 passengers in a bus to Bengaluru,” an official said.
Meanwhile, a team of Indian Red Cross Society, Katpadi sub-branch, led by Revenue Divisional Officer (Vellore) provided food to 300 passengers at Katpadi station. They were providing assistance for passengers, who wanted to leave by bus.
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