Cyclone Gaja :Tamil Nadu government ramps up precautionary measures

Source: ANI, Edited by Darshan Sanghvi

“To prevent the trap of fake news, we will start a radio station where we will make people aware of do’s and don’ts during the cyclone,” said the District Collector of Cuddalore. 

Gaja cyclone expected to make a landfall between Pamban and Cuddalore by Thursday afternoon, authorities have stepped up to ensure that the state is ready to face any adverse situation.

The State government has set up adequate number of relief camps. Cuddalore district comprises of 683 Village Panchayats, 16 Gram Panchayats, and five municipal areas.

The administration has urged fishermen to not venture into waters and has assured them in terms of compensation of loss, in order to minimize casualties and mitigate damage of property.

“For the safety of the residents, we have formed 19 interdepartmental zonal teams for the rescue operations. These teams are comprised of several officers from important departments such as police, fire, Public Works Department, Electricity Department etc,” said the District Collector of Cuddalore, V Anbuselvan.

“The total population of the coastal line is 6.5 lakh out of which 20,000 are living in danger zone and we are planning to evacuate them. We will soon shift these people to the relief center. We have 42 permanent relief centers in which around 25,000 people can be accommodated. If the need arises we will convert, community centers, schools and other government building to relief camps,” he said.

According to Chennai’s meteorological department Director, S Balachandran, TAGS Cyclone Gaja is lying about 790 kilometers northeast of Nagapattinam and is expected to move in south-southwest direction and cross between Pamban and Cuddalore by the afternoon of November 15.

The cyclone is expected to hit with the wind speed of 80 to 90 km per hour, after which a heavy rainfall is expected.

Heavy rainfall is expected to hit north and south coastal of  Tamil Nadu from the evening of November 14 and 15 is likely to continue till November 16. Some isolated areas will witness rainfall on November 16.