2016-12-12 Tropical cyclone in India on 12 December, 2016

Emergency Obs. Request Information

  • Disaster Type: Tropical cyclone
  • Country: India
  • Occurrence Date (UTC):
  • SA activation Date(UTC): 12 December, 2016
  • Requester: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) 
  • Escalation to the International Charter:
  • GLIDE Number:

Disaster Situation

Cyclone Vardah which was formed in the Southeast Bay of Bengal on Thursday 08 December has undergone several modifications during the past few days. The system was close to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and wreaked havoc over the region. Over 2000 tourists were stranded in Havelock and Neil Islands. During the past 48 hours, the system intensified into a severe cyclone and thereafter into a very severe cyclonic storm. On Monday 12 December, the landfall is expected to be very close to Chennai (Eastern India). The city is expected to receive moderate to heavy rains with isolated very heavy spells. According to GDACS criteria, Tropical Cyclone VARDAH-16 could have a high humanitarian impact based on the Maximum sustained wind speed and the affected population and their vulnerability.