Depression intensifies into deep depression, to cross Tamil Nadu- Puducherry coasts tomorrow
The IMD has said the depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a deep depression on Monday, with the weather system likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm. Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Puducherry are gearing up to face the impact of the weather system, as rains were forecast in the respective states and Union Territory between November 24 and 26.
Widespread rainfall/thunderstorm is "very likely" over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal from November 24 to 26, the IMD warned. Isolated extremely heavy rainfall was very likely over Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Cuddalore, Ariyalur, Nagapattinam, Perambalur, Kallakurichi, Villupuram, Tiruvannamalai and Chengalpattu in Tamil Nadu, and Karaikal and Puducherry in the neighboring UT between Wednesday and Thursday. A high alert has been sounded in Nagapattinam and fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea till November 26. Tidal waves of about one metre height above the astronomical tide is very likely to inundate the low lying areas of north coastal districts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry near the place of landfall. With Puducherry and Karaikal regions set to receive rains, the government is working on setting up 80 relief centres, control rooms in all the departments, and rehabilitation of people in low-lying areas. The Chief Minister said fishermen have been asked not to set out to the sea. All shops and other establishments have been asked to close business on Tuesday evening.
Meanwhile, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has earmarked 30 teams to launch rescue and relief operations for the two states and the union territory, in view of the cyclone ''Nivar''. A senior NDRF officer said in New Delhi that while 12 teams have been pre-deployed, 18 are on standby in these states and Puducherry. An NDRF team has about 35 to 45 personnel, depending on the task at hand and are equipped with tree and pole cutters, basic medicines, and other tools to help affected people.