Giant waves cause panic in Puducherry

Rough conditions prevailed in the sea off the Puducherry coast as giant waves rising to several metres above the normal level.

Last Updated: Dec 28, 2011, 17:30 PM IST

Puducherry: Rough conditions prevailed in the
sea off the Puducherry coast as giant waves rising to several
metres above the normal level even as authorities hoisted
caution signal in the local port and advised fishermen not to
go for fishing in view of the `Thane` cyclone.
The rising waves hitting boulders in the long stretch on
the shores also caused a bit of panic among the people,
including tourists thronging the former French colony ahead of
the New Year.

With cyclone `Thane` expected to cross the shore between
Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu and Nellore in Andhra Pradesh on
Friday the roughness of the sea ahead of the expected cyclone
kept the fishermen at bay since yesterday.

The local port has hoisted flag number 2 as a caution to
fishermen against the roughness of the sea. They have been
advised not to venture into the sea.
Welfare Minister P Rajavelu visited Pannithittu village
following information that sea water had entered the village
due to the rough sea conditions.

He asked the fisheries officials to remain alert and take
precautionary steps, officials said.

PTI