Heavy rains lashed coastal districts of Tamil Nadu since early this morning, even as the cyclonic storm Nada over the southwest Bay of Bengal was expected to weaken gradually into a deep depression during the next 12 hours and cross the coast tomorrow morning.
“Two teams of NDRF and one team of SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) are being pre-positioned in Cuddalore, one team each in Nagapattinam and Chennai to meet out any eventuality,” a state government release said
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, and the government said all District Collectors have been alerted.
A bullet in issued by the met office here today said the cyclonic storm moved west-northwestwards during the past six hours with a speed of about 22 kmph and lay centred at over southwest Bay of Bengal, about 330 km south-southeast of Chennai, 270 km southeast of Puducherry and 210 km north-northeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka).
“Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea and to keep their boats tied up in safe places. The public are also advised to move to the relief centres as and when advised by the District Collectors,” the release said.
Revenue Minister R B Udhaya Kumar, who chaired a review meeting to discuss the preparations put in place in all the coastal districts to handle the cyclone effect, released the Dos and Donts and appealed to the electronic media to put it as scroll in their channels for the benefit of public.