Chennai life moves on as Vardah calms down

Chennai: Life in Chennai came back to normal as Chennai people saw uprooted trees, big broken branches blocking the roads, fallen hoardings, power cut subsequent to severe cyclone Vardah that stuck the city yesterday.

People in the residential localities after being awed by the damage caused by the cyclone started cleaning their compound of fallen trees, leaves and other muck that was blown by the cyclonic winds.

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“It is as if we are in the midst of a forest,” quipped A. Viswanath, a businessman surveying the fallen trees in his locality.

In a statement issued on Monday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam said over 4,000 trees fell.

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According to citizens the number could be much more if one takes into account the trees inside the residential compounds.

While the authorities have cleared the main roads of fallen trees for traffic, it would take a couple of days for them to clear the trees in the residential areas.

While bus services were resumed, it would take some more time for the services to become normal as the routes have to be cleared of trees.

At the spot where former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa was buried at the Marina beach, the canopy remained intact despite the cyclonic winds.