The Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS) and the Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research at Kalpakkam, about 70 km from here, remained unaffected by cyclone Thane, which killed 33 in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and disrupted life in large parts along the coast.
An official release said, “This is yet another example of ruggedness of the design of our nuclear power plants and preparedness to handle nature’s fury”. The two reactors of MAPS continued to generate power and feeding the grid during the storm.
Power production at the Lignite Neyveli Corporation was, however, affected as the mines were submerged.
In Tamil Nadu, the coastal district of Nagapattinam was battered by rains and heavy winds that caused damage to banana plantation. Electric posts were uprooted, resulting in power outage since Thursday night. Sea water entered several coastal hamlets, forcing residents of these areas to move to safer places.
The Tamil Nadu government declared a holiday for educational institutions in 11 districts.
Rail and air operations were also hit due to the cyclone. International flights, including those for the middle-east and Malaysia, from Chennai were cancelled and the Southern Railway partially cancelled and rescheduled most of the trains between Chennai and southern districts.
Meanwhile, Korean flag cargo ship OSM Arena, with a 14-member crew, nearly ran aground, after being hit by the cyclone.
“Though the ship was anchored outside the harbour, it started drifting towards the shore as one of anchors was not functioning," said a Chennai Port Trust official.