New Delhi: Cyclone NIVAR is centered 380 km east-southeast of Puducherry and 430 km southeast of Chennai. It is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours. Cyclone “NIVAR” is likely to cross the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry between Karaikal and Mamallapuram around Puducherry in the late evening of 25–15 November 2020 at a speed of 120–110 kmph.
The speed will be in the form of a cyclonic storm. Close monitoring of cyclonic storm is being made. The Commandants of the battalions located at the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) headquarters, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, are in coordination with the respective state officials. In view of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasts and requirements of state authorities, 22 teams (12 teams in Tamil Nadu, 03 teams in Puducherry and 07 teams in Andhra Pradesh) have been pre-deployed in the potentially affected areas.
Teams have been reserved in Guntur (AP), Thrissur (Kerala) and Mundali (Odisha) to meet the additional requirement. All teams have reliable wireless and satellite communications, tree cutters / pole cutters for restoration after land fall. In view of the current COVID-19 scenario, NDRF teams are equipped with appropriate PPE.
The NDRF is working in close coordination with the district and local administration. Awareness program is being conducted for all the citizens for information about the cyclone, what to do – what not to do and the COVID-19 in the affected areas and measures to prevent it. All deployed teams are assisting the local administration in evacuating people from areas affected by the cyclone. NDRF is spreading a sense of security among the community that NDRF teams are available to serve you and will remain in the area until the situation becomes normal so that the public does not panic.
also read in hindi: राष्ट्रीय आपदा मोचन बल (NDRF) चक्रवाती तूफान “निवार” (NIVAR) के लिए पूरी तरह तैयार