Chennai: Severe cyclonic storm `Nilam` reached the coast of Tamil Nadu and made a landfall near Mahabalipuram on Wednesday evening. According to a state government official, around 3,900 people in Mamallapuram have been lodged in 19 relief camps.
"The district has a clear contingency plan; each department including the police, fire and rescue services have been allotted specific work like clearing fallen trees, evacuating people etc. and all 21 cyclone shelters are ready," the Collector of Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, T Munusamy said.
In Chennai, 282 schools and 52 community halls have been kept ready for shelter. Four community kitchens are to be activated by the authorities.
As a precautionary measure control rooms have been opened in the coastal districts, particularly SPS Nellore and Prakasam.
In Nagapattinam and Cuddalore, cyclone shelters have been kept ready in with essential supplies. The government plans to send generators and sand bags to vulnerable areas in the districts.
With Agency Inputs