Chennai: Tamil Nadu is likely to face cyclonic storm ‘Nada’ owing to depression over Bay of Bengal, bringing heavy rainfall in its wake on December 2, the weather officials have said.
In order to prevent loss of life and property and minimise the effects of Nada, the government of Tamil Nadu has issued a release informing the general public about the preventive measures taken by the state and listing out “dos and don’ts to create awareness about the storm.
In just about a year after the massive floods that swept the capital city of Chennai, the state is at the verge of being hit another natural calamity.
Here are a few things important things that you must know in order to be safe and alert:
- Two teams of NDRF and one team of SDRF teams are being deployed in coastal areas in Cuddalore, Chennai and Nagapattinam to meet out any eventuality.
- Private and state-run schools in districts, including Chennai, Kanchipuram, Cuddalore and Nagapattinam have intimated parents that schools will be closed on Thursday in view of heavy rains expected. Colleges are also likely to be closed.
- Stating that India Meteorological Department has informed it that cyclonic storm Nada was likely to cross north Tamil Nadu coast between Vedaranniyam and Puducherry, close to Cuddalore by early morning of December 2, the government said all District Collectors have been alerted. They have been advised to take all necessary action to evacuate people from low lying and vulnerable areas to the relief centres, wherever required, it said.
- The general public can make toll free calls to numbers 1070 and 1077 in case of an emergency like situation. The government has advised people to keep themselves updated about the latest on the cyclone by the IMD.
- Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea and keep their boats tied up in safe places.
- People can move to relief centres as and when advised by the District collectors. They mustn’t leave safe places during the cyclone and children should not be allowed to go out.
- People have been asked not to venture out until officially advised safe and to avoid going to beaches or coastal areas.
- The public has also been asked to be on guard against being misled by rumours in order to prevent panic.
- Those in relief shelters must not leave the premises until directed to do so by the rescue personnel.
- People have also been asked not to touch loose or dangling wires from electric or lamp posts.