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Tuesday, 26 January 2021 10.40 PM IST

Chennai gears up to face Cyclone Nivar

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CHENNAI: With memories of the damage caused by Cyclone ‘Vardah’ in the city and neighbouring districts still afresh, government departments are readying contingency plans to face Cyclone ‘Nivar’. The meteorological department has said that Nivar may make a landfall on Wednesday. The Regional Meteorological Centre has forecast wind speeds to be in the range of 100-110km an hour.

Unlike 2016, this time, the government departments have made proactive arrangements with lessons learnt from Vardah and the even more devastating Cyclone ‘Gaja’ which ravaged the interior districts in 2018.

Tamil Nadu Disaster Response Force (TNDRF) has trained police personnel and home guard personnel in the state and 60 armed reserve police personnel are trained to handle rescue gadgets and rescue operation measures in each district.

These trained personnel will be deployed at coastal districts in the state, said A K Viswanathan, ADGP, who heads TNDRF. Fire and rescue service personnel are on standby in vulnerable areas and will be assisting the NDRF and TNDRF.

Greater Chennai Corporation has instructed its zonal officials to keep at least five relief centres ready by Monday night in each zone. There are 15 zones in the city.

There are totally 170 relief centres and about 75 will be ready for occupation by Tuesday, said deputy commissioner, works (in-charge), Meghanatha Reddy.

“We want to avoid any electrocution and ensure there are no tree falls. We are keeping a close watch on the cyclone,” said Reddy.

Apart from this, the civic body has kept personnel and machinery ready at all ward offices. The civic body has been coordinating with the Tangedco to avoid any accidents. Emergency numbers have been circulated via social media.

“We have a great tool in hand now. We hope public follow all the instructions given by us through social media and other mediums,” said Reddy.

The Public Works Department (PWD) has stocked up on sand bags and casuarina poles in all districts. In Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chengalpet districts, the PWD has 30 stockyards where materials have been kept ready. Apart from this, they have monitoring stations in each reservoir, major tanks and lakes across the state, said an official.


Minister for electricity, P Thangamani, held a meeting with Tangedco officials on Monday to review the arrangements in place. A senior official with the distribution wing of Tangedco said power supply will be cut off in case of heavy rain and will be restored only after assessment.

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TAGS: CYCLONE NIVAR, CHENNAI, CYCLONE VARDAH, REGIONAL METEOROLOGICAL CENTRE, CYCLONE ‘GAJA’, TAMIL NADU DISASTER RESPONSE FORCE, NDRF, GREATER CHENNAI CORPORATION
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