R Kamala Menon
Both in Cyclone Nivar and Burevi, one could see a better management of government and disaster management teams.
CHENNAI, Dec 3: For the past few years, Tamil Nadu has gone though a much rough path, especially in the case of weather system. Since 2015, Chennai residents have been living in fear of monsoon. For the residents of northern Tamil Nadu, it was Cyclone Thane; for the Cauvery delta, the fear was induced after Cyclone Gaja and for southern Tamil Nadu, it was Cyclone Ockhi.
After a slow revival from Cyclone Nivar, Tamil Nadu is again hit by another cyclone, Burevi. Seven days after Cyclone Nivar hit the Karaikal coast, Burevi brushed the TN coast. This is the third cyclone formed within the last 10 days in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, put together, reported in The Indian Express.
♦ Fishermen are advised not to venture into Gulf of Mannar & adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal and along & off south Tamilnadu coast, north Sri Lanka &
south Kerala coasts and LakshadweepMaldives area & adjoining southeast Arabian Sea during next 24 hours. pic.twitter.com/2WKtScLmVf
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) December 4, 2020
Cyclone Burevi is likely to hit Thiruvananthapuram coast by tomorrow noon and heavy rains are reported to continue from December 3 to 5 in some districts in Kerala. Burvei has been laying close to Pamban and has been reported that it will cross south TN coast between Pamban and Kanyakumari during tomorrow night and early hours of Saturday.
With the experience from previous encounters with cyclones, the TN and Kerala government has taken precautionary measures.
Cyclone Burevi is believed to be less destructive than Cyclone Nivar. Even though Nivar was believed to be destructive, it has been minimal because of the low wind speeds during the cyclone and better preparedness of the government and the disaster management teams. A total of three lives were lost and 101 houses were damaged in the Cyclone Nivar as compared to Cyclone Ockhi, in which there were 318 fatalities.
The government was prepared to build better coordination and to implement long-term mitigation projects. According to the reports in The Hindu, the TN government had appointed IAS seniors and Ministers to coordinate preparatory measure, which constitutes of shifting of people from low-level and vulnerable areas to safer places, mobilizing equipment and opting post-landfall measures along with the Collectors. Waterlogging was avoided in the localities, that were usually flooded, with the help of the Greater Chennai Corporation.
During the cyclone Nivar, the 2015 like flooding of Adyar and Kosasthalaiyar were avoided as the government had only released measured amount of water from the and Poondi reservoirs. But, experts also noted that if the Chembarambakkam reservoir had been properly desilted, the water released would have been avoided or delayed even further.