Chennai: Cyclone Nada likely to make a landfall near Cuddalore on early Friday. It Is heading towards Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the Bay of Bengal. The Met office said it may downgraded to being called a “deep depression” which is a notch below cyclone. It is currently about 350 km away from Tamil Nadu capital Chennai, which has been cloudy since morning with mild showers in some areas.
Heavier rain is likely in Chennai and in other parts of coastal Tamil Nadu later in Thursday and Friday. Fog is also forecast for the next three to four days. Dr S Balachandran, Deputy Director of Meteorology said, “Puducherry and Cuddalore will receive heavy rainfall while Chennai will get moderate rains, but people need not panic as the intensity will not be as much as it was last year.”
Teams of the National Disaster Response Force or NDRF have been posted in Cuddalore, which is about 20 km away from Puducherry. Both Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have been on alert since Wednesday and fishermen have been called in from the sea.
Schools are closed in Tamil Nadu’s northern coastal districts like Chennai, Nagapattinam and Cuddalore and in Puducherry for the next two days.
Cuddalore has been seeing a steady drizzle since morning. The administration has been instructed to evacuate people from low lying areas and cyclone shelters and emergency services have been readied.
Cuddalore Collector TP Rajesh said, “We are prepared to deal with the situation. We have identified vulnerable villages, and have kept boats and cyclone shelters ready. We have also kept supplies and schools prepared in case we need to move people. We also have 3000 electric lamp posts ready to restore power supply quickly if there is any disruption.”
Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said his administration is prepared well to meet any contingency. Shelters, he said, are ready for people who may have to be evacuated from near the sea and storm water drains have been cleared to avoid flooding.
Navy stands prepared for high degree disaster management. Two naval ships, Shakti and Satpura are on standby with divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats, helicopters and relief material, said a statement.
In December 2015, massive floods in Chennai killed more than 100 people. The government has asked people not to panic and cooperate.