New Delhi: The name of the cyclones in Indian Ocean Region are decided by the member countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, Myanmar, Maldives and Oman. This time the name of the cyclone ‘Vardah’ is named by Pakistan. Vardah means ‘Red Rose.’
The last cyclone ‘Nada’, that hit Chennai was the name suggested by Oman. The names are picked in the order of the names submitted by these countries. Till now Pakistan has given the names for other cyclones are Fanoos, Laila, Nilam, Titli and Bulbul.
The strong wind has toppled an oil tanker on the Chennai-Vijayawada highway.
Flight operations had to be suspended till 9 pm, and 87 flights had been diverted or delayed.
All schools and colleges were closed in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur, and the coastal areas of Villupuram. Many private offices had asked their staff to work from home.