TN’s coastal districts on high alert, Gaja cyclone to cross tonight

The Tamil Nadu government has put the adiministrations of the coastal districts on high alert, as the cyclone Gaja is expected to cross between Cuddalore and Pamban , tonight. The government is taking the best of its efforts in this regard, Gagandeep Singh Bedi, Special Officer for Disaster Management, Tamil Nadu, said.

The cyclone will get intense after moving towards West and South West direction in the next 12 hours. Due to the cyclone, Cuddalore, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Pudukottai and Ramanathapuram districts will get heavy rain today.

Over 30,000 rescue personnel are kept on standby by the state government and all educational institutions in Puducherry and Karaikal regions will remain closed today. Navy sources said that two Indian Naval ships — Ranvir and Khanjar — are standing by to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake humanitarian aid and distress relief. Helicopters, Dornier aircraft and one P8I aircraft are also on standby to undertake reconnaissance, rescue and casualty evacuation.

The Tamil Nadu government has requested private companies and institutions to allow their employees to leave offices before 4 pm in Nagapattinam and neighboring districts in view of the cyclonic storm.

Four teams each of NDRF and TNDRF positioned in Nagapattinam to respond to the needs of people.  In a novel effort, the state government has roped in 8,200 trained volunteers to rescue pets and livestock in the coastal districts that are likely to be hit by Cyclone Gaja. Gale wind at 100 km per hour is likely to hit Northern coastal of Tamil Nadu. Hence, the fishermen have been instructed not to venture into sea.

Meanwhile, the Revenue and Disaster Management Minister RB Udayakumar advised the people of the coastal districts not to come out of their residence while raining. He added that the sea level would raise one meter and the sea water would enter into low-lying areas, referring to the IMD bulletin.

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