CHENNAI TUESDAY DECEMBER 13, 2016 `4.00 PAGES 14 LATE CITY EDITION AT LEAST SEVEN KILLED IN CHENNAI 4,000 TREES UPROOTED & COUNTING Cyclone Vardah claimed at leat seven lives in Chennai on Monday, in separate incidents ranging from tree and hoarding collapses, to electrocution by stepping in a puddle. A three-year-old was crushed to death in his sleep after a huge tree branch fell on a wall, which in turn collapsed upon him P2 Over 4,000 trees were uprooted in three coastal districts and as many as 8,400 workers were engaged in clearing them. A whopping 3,400 electricity poles had fallen and 30 transformers were damaged by the heavy winds. TNEB engaged 4,000 people for restoration work P3 HAVOC RAIL, AIR TRANSPORT SUSPENDED ■ ■ About 50 flights were either delayed or diverted as operations at the Chennai airport were suspended Suburban train services were suspended, while Southern Railway announced the cancellation of all 17 trains originating from Chennai Central, as well as from Egmore 110 kmph REPORTED TOP WIND SPEED DURING THE CYCLONE SHIBA PRASAD SAHU Second wettest day in 10 years Cars, trucks flipped over Evacuation saves fishermen Mobile networks disrupted Vardah gave Chennai its second wettest day in 10 years as the city recorded 11 cm rainfall. More rain is expected over next two days in Chennai, Vellore, Tiruvallur and Krishnagiri. P3 Five trucks — three 10-wheelers and two sixwheelers — toppled over on Chennai Bypass. A 16-wheeler lost control, but did not topple fully. Several other vehicles were also damaged. P4 About 3,500 people from fishing hamlets in Pulicat, Thiruvallur district, were evacuated before the cyclone made landfall. Fishing boats in the area were damaged beyond repair. P3 With power supply cut and mobile phone signals of various operators severely affected throughout the day, residents of Chennai had a tough time contacting their loved ones.
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