As cyclone Vardah closes in on making landfall in Tamil Nadu, wind speeds have gone up and people have been advised to stay inside.
As cyclone Vardah closes in on making landfall in Tamil Nadu, wind speeds have gone up and people have been advised to stay inside. According to reports, the tidal waves are expected to be one meter high. S Balachandran, MeT Director said that the north region of Tamil Nadu and South of Andhra Pradesh are expected to receive heavy rainfall and wind. The Tamil Nadu government and the Indian army and navy seem to have been prepared for the cyclone.
The wind speed is expected to go up to 100-110 km/hr. Massive uprooting of trees has also been reported in the state. More than 9,400 people have also been evacuated to 54 relief centres safely so far, according to the Tamil Nadu government. It was reported that 7 army columns were ready and on standby for rescue and relief operations. The National Disaster Management Authority advised fishermen to avoid the sea in the states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh for the next 36 hours and told residents to stay in safe places. The Tamil Nadu government also requested people not to venture out of their houses between 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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Navy ships and aircraft, as well as 30 diving teams, were on standby to help move people and deliver aid if need be, a navy spokesman said. Captain D K Sharma also said that two ships of Navy Shivalik and Kadmatt were already positioned in the north of the region and were prepared to provide immediate assistance when required. India’s cyclone season usually lasts from April to December, and storms often cause dozens of deaths, evacuations of tens of thousands of people from low-lying areas and widespread crop and property damage.
(With agency inputs)