TN on alert as cyclonic storm intensifies, govt declares school holiday in 6 districts | Latest News India

It intensified into a severe cyclonic storm 440 km south-east of Chennai, 250 km north-east of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 320 km east-northeast of Jaffna (Sri Lanka) and 350 km east of Karaikal (Puducherry). -southeast, India Meteorological Department. (IMD) said it had issued an alert to the authorities.

“Severe Cyclonic Storm is very likely to maintain its intensity till the morning of December 9 and then gradually weaken to become a cyclonic storm by noon on December 9. It would continue to move west-northwestward and cross Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and the adjoining north. The south coast of Andhra Pradesh is Puducherry and Sriharikota. between, near Mahabalipuram as a cyclonic storm with sustained wind speed of 65-75 kmph and gustiness of 85 kmph at midnight on December 9,” ​​the IMD said in a bulletin.

District authorities have announced a holiday for schools in Chennai, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur and Vellore on December 9 due to the cyclonic storm, which is expected to turn into a deep depression by December 10.

Chennai Regional Meteorological Center (RMC) director S Balachandran had earlier said, “As of now, tomorrow night (December 9), the cyclone is likely to cross the coast as a cyclone between Puducherry and Sriharikota,” he said.

On December 7, a deep depression over southeast and southwest Bay of Bengal moved almost west-northwestwards and intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘Mandous’ over southwest Bengal around 11.30 pm, according to the IMD.

The IMD also issued a storm surge warning on Thursday. “Storm surge up to 0.5 m above astronomical tide is likely to inundate low-lying coastal areas of northern Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during landfall,” it said in a statement.

Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Irai Anbu chaired a meeting on Thursday to assess preparedness for the cyclonic storm and ordered all district authorities to evacuate people from low-lying areas and ensure uninterrupted supply of essential commodities, the government said.

“A total of 5000 relief camps have been set up across the state to relocate people from low-lying areas. Employees of highways, water resources, electricity board and fire services have been asked to be ready to be on the ground for rescue and relief operations,” the government said.

“Apart from 400 personnel of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), they have been deployed in Chennai, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Cuddalore, Mayiladuthurai, Thiruvallur, Kanchipuram, Chengalpattuam and Chengalpattu districts. Villupuram”.

In anticipation of falling trees due to strong winds, the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has prepared 272 tree cutters, in vehicles and hydraulic tree cutters and one JCB for each area to remove the fallen trees.

A total of 805 pumps have been kept in flood-prone areas, ten workers will be on standby in each ward in Chennai for emergencies and 169 relief camps have been opened to evacuate people from low-lying areas, officials said.

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