Cyclone ‘Gaja’ , Nature’s fury, full of energy, to make a landfall in Tamil Nadu today; state on high alert, schools closed, dams and reservoirs expected to fill up quickly. Fishermen halted, Navy alerted.
The cyclonic tempest ‘Gaja’ will make a landfall among Cuddalore and Pamban by November 15 evening conveying an overwhelming precipitation along with it to the Tamil Nadu coastline in southeastern India. The Regional Specialized Meteorological Center for Tropical Cyclones over the Northern Indian Ocean (RSMC) has issued a tropical storm warning for southern India. More than 30,000 save staff are kept on backup by the state government and every single educational organization in Puducherry and Karaikal locales will stay shut today. “All arrangements to evacuate people have been made,” says the Cuddalore District Collector. (See also: Wind Power)
“Two Indian Naval boats — Ranvir and Khanjar — are on alert to swing into action to the most influenced regions and to undertake humanitarian aid and distress relief. Helicopters, Dornier air plane and one P8I flying machine are likewise on reserve to attempt reconnaissance, rescue and casualty evacuation,” a Navy official was cited saying by PTI.
The weather department has suggested suspension of fishing activities along the shorelines of north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and bordering Andhra Pradesh for November 14 and 15.
Cyclone Gaja will convey overwhelming precipitation and tempests to Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh from late 14 – 16 November. Heavy precipitation will normally be seen in numerous districts all over Tamil Nadu. The 24-hour precipitation amassing of more than 200 mm (estimated) can be usual at Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Tuticorin and Ramanathapuram regions by 16th morning increasing the dangers of flooding. Besides, a storm surge up to one metre above normal height is very likely to inundate low-lying areas of Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Karaikal district of Puducherry at the time of landfall on the 15th.
Against this scenario, the Central Water Commission is exhorting consistent vigil over dams. Tamil Nadu Revenue Minister R B Udayakumar told correspondents that dams, lakes and streams channels were being observed continuously.The CWC had prompted activity according to the Standard Operating Procedure as substantial precipitation in catchment territories could fill up the dams quickly in under 24 hours.
Versatile administrators have guaranteed to move ‘Cell on Wheels,’ portable stages to give continuous portable network to Nagapattinam and Cuddalore areas which are probably going to observe the typhoon affect amid landfall. The administration has likewise had exchanges with oil showcasing organizations and they have been encouraged to keep up adequate fuel stock.