A lot of relief and rehabilitation measures have been undertaken by the state to curb the disaster caused by the cyclone. As per the state Chief Minister, the state disaster response fund will not suffice the damage caused to property in the city.
As per the industry body Assocham, Tamil Nadu has to bear a loss of around Rs 6,749 crore, ($1 billion) due to the cyclonic storm Vardah. Keeping this in mind, the chief minister has urged the Prime Minister to sanction Rs 1000 crore from the national disaster response fund.
The hurricane-strength storm triggered by cyclone Vardah has resulted in severe damage to the buildings and properties, uprooted trees, and electric poles that resulted in power outages for hours in the city. Besides the storm was so powerful that it overturned the vehicles parked on the roads as well.
Moreover, the agriculture sector was also badly hit by the destructive cyclone that damaged the banana plantations, papaya groves, rice paddies and others. Of course, the loss of human lives can never be replaced with anything in this world. The destructive cyclone claimed at least 18 lives in Chennai city and Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts.
The monetary damage was also caused by the disrupted air, road and rail traffic. The incessant rains and damaging winds also caused the air and rail network to come to a standstill. Major flights to and fro Chennai city were either delayed or canceled thereby causing huge financial loss to the transportation industry.
Moreover, the tourism industry of the capital city of Tamil Nadu also suffered a huge loss. With the annual Marghazi music festival just a few days ahead, it seems that the cyclone has hit hard on the tourism industry of the state capital as well. Medical tourism is also expected to be affected by the same.
As per the weatherman, Mother Nature has its own way of hitting hard, last December’s Chennai floods also resulted in huge damages of around $2.2 billion with insured losses amounting to $755 million.
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