CHENNAI: About 10 houses at Appar Nagar in Tiruvottiyur along the coastline were destroyed by ‘swell waves’ on Thursday morning. However, there was no casualty.
Residents of Apparsami Koil Street said the incident occurred between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Several residents had sensed the danger and moved out of their houses on Wednesday night.
Seawater entered 10 other houses along the coast, they added.
S. Ravi of the area said, “The sea has been rough for over two days now. Several of us shifted our household articles elsewhere and stayed awake through the night.” Many residents took shelter in their relatives’ houses away from the coast.
Tiruvottiyur Municipality Commissioner Siva Subramanian said people of several fishermen hamlets in the area were housed in the municipality’s cyclone shelter. Fishermen had been advised against venturing into the sea.
Most of the groynes on the coastline were also washed away.
According to the Meteorological department, the ‘swell waves’ were caused by the cyclonic storm, ‘SIDR,’ that is likely to cross the West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts east of Sagar Island on Thursday night.