Cyclone ‘Gaja’ to make landfall in Tamil Nadu today; state on high alert, schools shut

New Delhi [JnN] Cyclonic storm Gaza is likely to hit Tamil Nadu today, which can cause heavy rains in Tamilnadu and adjoining areas. Schools and colleges have been declared a holiday on Thursday. All education institutions will be closed in Puducherry and Karaikal areas in view of the storm. The Army has also been alerted there.

The Meteorological Department has advised fishermen not to go into the sea until the passing of Gaza. Apart from this, people living on the sea side have also been appealed to go to safer places. On Wednesday, the press release issued by the Meteorological Department said that the cyclone named Gaza has been around 540 kilometers away from Chennai. According to the department, ‘severe cyclonic storm’ can occur within the next 24 hours.

According to the Meteorological Department heavy rainfall from today,
average rainfall is expected in many places on 15th November while heavy rains are expected in some places. Some estimates have been made for November.

‘We are ready

State revenue minister RB Udhayakumar has said the state government has taken all precautionary measures to face Cyclone Gaja.

“Eight National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams and seven squads of the state disaster response force have been dispatched to Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Ramanathapuram and Tuticorin districts,” Udhayakumar said while speaking to reporters on Wednesday.

“Besides setting up a 24-hour control room in Chennai, we have directed the district collectors to form rescue teams. Cyclone management committees have been formed in all the 2,559 vulnerable places. 410 zonal teams are also in place. Further, 22,495 people are ready to engage in rescue works,” he said.

In addition, 368 mobile medical teams, 315 veterinary medical teams, motor pumps, swimmers, snake catchers are also ready to render timely assistance.

The Union water resources department has advised the state government to monitor all the dams to prevent any calamity in view of the prediction of a heavy rainfall.

The Central Water Commission has advised action as per the Standard Operating Procedure as heavy rainfall in catchment areas could fill up the dams fast in less than 24 hours.

Udhayakumar said mobile operators have assured to move ‘Cell on Wheels,’ mobile platforms to provide uninterrupted mobile connectivity to Nagapattinam and Cuddalore districts which are likely to witness the cyclone impact during landfall.




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