Monday , July 23 2018

Cyclone Nada passes peacefully over Karaikal coast, heavy rains expected

Nada may bring heavy rains on Friday, but its impact is unlikely to be as intense as the Cyclone Thane.


Cuddalore: Cyclone Nada passed off calmly through the Karaikal coast of Puducherry at 5 am on Friday morning.

Cuddalore Collector Rajesh Kumar expressed to source that 41 cyclone relief shelters had been recognised and strengthened, and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams had already reached to the city.

Fishermen have been directed not to go for fishing into the sea.

Rain upto 4 cm was experienced in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Puducherry since early morning.

In Cuddalore, where there has been a stable drizzle since Thursday morning, the administration has been directed to leave people from low lying areas and cyclone shelters and emergency services have been arranged.

Nada may bring heavy rains on Friday, but its impact is not likely to be as intense as the Cyclone Thane that had hit Cuddalore a few years ago, stated reports.

AP may witness a few spells of rains in the next 2 to 3 days even as the imminent cyclone storm has vanished out even before it made a landfall.

Cyclone Nada, formed over south-west Bay of Bengal, faded into a deep depression late on Thursday. It is further expected to wind down in strength as a despair and later a low pressure by the afternoon of Friday.

As per the forecasts of the weathermen, the system would cross north Tamil Nadu coast between Vedaranniyam and Puducherry, south of Cuddalore, by the early hours of Friday as a depression.

The weather system is currently located about 290 km south-southeast of Chennai. Under the influence of the system, a few places in south coastal AP and Rayalaseema may receive moderate rains in the next 2 days. The heavy rain warning was discontinued for AP.

According to weathermen at the Cyclone Warning Centre, strong surface winds from the north-east direction with speeds reaching up to 50 kmph would be likely to overcome along and off south coastal AP until Friday morning. Given the rough conditions of the sea, they advised the fishermen of south coastal Andhra Pradesh to not go for fishing into the sea.

“As the depression would slowly lose its intensity, there would be no much impact on the south coastal AP. Only a few places would receive moderate rains,” an official at the Cyclone Warning Centre stated.

Moderate rain in Nellore

In view of prediction about moderate rains in south-coastal Andhra Pradesh due to Cyclone Nada, district officials instructed all the special officers of coastal mandals to be on high alert and keep a tab on the condition under their jurisdictions on Thursday night.

Field-level officers were asked to stay put in their place of posting to monitor the situation and report the developments to their seniors. Meanwhile, Nellore City and southern parts of the district witnessed irregular rains since Thursday evening.

The climate changed suggestively with overcast sky and cold breeze in Nellore City since morning on Thursday. The rainfall till 5.30 pm was 5 mm in Nellore City. Not only agricultural community even the people of the district are welcoming the cyclone though it may cause trouble because of dried up tanks and depleting groundwater levels. Weather department officials stated the district may receive moderate to heavy rains as a result of the cyclone.

Navy arranges ships, relief material

The Eastern Naval Command (ENC) expected high degree of willingness to render necessary humanitarian assistance.

Two Indian Naval ships Shakti and Satpura are standing by at Vizag to proceed to the most affected areas if any to undertake Humanitarian Aid Distress Relief (HADR), emptying, logistic support including providing medical aid.

These ships are boarded with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats, essential helicopters and relief material that include food, tentage, clothes, medicines, blankets etc, in extents sufficient to sustain over 5,000 personnel.

Additionally, INS Ranjit presently deployed in the Bay of Bengal has been situated off Tamil Nadu coast and would be the first responder for HADR operation, if required.

ENC is nursing the developments closely and Flag Officer Tamil Nadu & Puducherry Naval Area is in constant communication with the state administration to supplement rescue and relief operations, stated a senior official of ENC. Naval aircraft is also standing by at the Naval Air Stations Rajali and Dega to undertake scouting, rescue, casualty evacuation and air drop of relief material to the stranded.

Additionally, diving teams with Gemini boats and 4 platoons with additional relief material are ready to be pressed into action at short notice.

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