Cyclone Thane leaves 33 dead in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry
Courtesy: Indian Express
A severe cyclone dumped heavy rain and sent wind gusts up to 140 km per hour after it hit the Tamil Nadu coast today killing at least 33 persons and left a trail of destruction and threw life out of gear in Cuddalore district and adjacent Union Territory of Puducherry.
The cyclonic storm 'Thane' however left the southern Andhra Pradesh coast unscathed after keeping everyone in the state on toes for the last two days. The two southern states were on high alert.
Cuddalore, about 170 km from here on the east coast, bore the brunt of the cyclonic fury, accounting for 21 deaths, Puducherry (seven), Villupuram and Tiruvallur(two each) and Chennai (one)in rain-related incidents mainly wall collapse and electrocution, officials said.
The storm crossed the coast between Cuddalore and Puducherry bringing in its wake torrential rains accompanied by gale that uprooted hundreds of trees and knocked electric poles, snapping power supply in several areas.