Disaster rescue teams have been asked to take positions in Tamil Nadu as a tropical cyclone whirls its way towards the coast.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry as a cylonic storm is likely to form in the 36 hours and may move towards north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coast by April 30.
A red alert has been issed in Tamil Nadu in view of the expected heavy rainfall in the coming days.
While Tamil Nadu chief secretary Girija Vaidyanathan directed disaster rescue teams to take positions in areas where the cyclone Fani is expected to make a landfall, the Kerala Government also directed the district authorities to take all precautionary measures.The state Cabinet also decided to give one month ration free of coast to those living in the coastal areas.
The weather bulletin issued by the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority (TNSDMA) says that the depression is located around 1,490 kilometres southeast of Chennai and 1,760 kilometres south-southeast of Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh. “It is very likely to intensify further into a deep depression during the next 24 hours and into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 12 hours.”
The wind speeds may hit 80-90 km/hr on Sunday and by the time cyclone hit Tamil Nadu it will bring wind swirling at speeds of up to 100 km/hr.
The IMD bulletin has warned fishermen against going out into deep sea. Those, who are out in deep sea areas are advised return to the coast by April 28. Sea condition will be high to very high over Southwest Bay of Bengal, along and off Sri Lanka, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts on April 29 and 30.