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    Rescue members cut a tree that fell on a road after it was uprooted by strong winds in Chennai, India, December 12, 2016

    Indian Armed Forces on Alert as Severe Cyclone Hits South India

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    India’s disaster management authorities expect that intensity will be decreased by midnight. Authorities have evacuated tens of thousands people from low lying areas while government claims that all safety measures have been taken to secure nuclear plant and other highly sensitive strategic assets.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) Southern states of India are facing severe cyclone as heavy rains accompanied by wind speed above 70 miles per hour Chennai coast. Authorities have confirmed two death and hundreds of tree uprooted in first few minutes of cyclone ‘Vardah’. Capital and many other cities of India’s one of the most industrial state Tamil Nadu have been totally cut off from the rest of country as train and air services have been cancelled for further order. Power supply was suspended in many parts as a precautionary measure.

    Apart from 15 teams of National Disaster Relief Forces, 600 army personnel are on standby for any emergency situation. Navy and Air Force personnel are also keeping eye on the developments.

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