CHENNAI: Severe cyclonic storm Vardah pounded Chennai at an unprecedented 140kmph for a good 90 minutes on Monday afternoon until it crossed the city andtravelled inland+ , bringing at least 10cm rainfall and claiming seven lives.
The worst is over, said weathermen, forecasting light to moderate rainfall in Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Villupuram districts in the next 24 hours.
By evening, the wind speed had reduced to 15-25kmph.
At least seven people, including a 3-year-old child and four women died in separate rain-related incidents in the city. The deceased have been identified as Parvathi, 85, of Nungambakkam, Karna Behra, 24, of Elephant Gate, Karthik, 3, of Vadapalani, Vaikuntanathan, 42, of Kolathur, Mani, 60, of Thiru Vi Ka Nagar, Radha, 75, of Purasawalkam and Amanullah, 45, of Pallikaranai.