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Today, Cyclone Gaja is expected to hit the nearby coast Nagapattinam, in the south of Tamil Nadu. The time Cyclone Gaja is expected to hit the coast; it will bring heavy rain along with strong winds in coastal areas of Tamil Nadu as well as Puducherry. In view of Cyclone Gaja. Madurai division of Southern railway full and partial cancellation of eight trains each to and from Rameswaram as a precaution.
Tamil Nadu government declared a holiday for school and colleges today and also declared that about 30500 rescue personnel were on standby. District collectors of Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Pudukottai, and Ramanathapuram announced the holiday for today of all educational institutions.
RB Udayakumar, Tamil Nadu Revenue Minister, told reporters that lakes, rivers and dams channels were being monitors continuously. This came up against the backdrop of the Central Water Commission advising regular vigil over dams. CWC also advised action as per the Standard Operating Procedure, as heavy rainfall in catchment areas could fill up the dams quickly, i.e. in less than 24 hours.
Cyclonic storm GAJA located 370 km east-northeast of Nagapattinam AT 0530 IST. It will cross coast around Nagapattinam during evening of 15TH Nov with a wind speed of 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph.
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— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) November 15, 2018
RB Udayakumar confirmed that mobile operators have assured to move ‘Cells on Wheels’, mobile podiums to offer uninterrupted mobile connectivity to Cuddalore and Nagapattinam districts which are considered at risk and likely to witness the Cyclone Gaja impact during landfall. Also, there were discussions held amid government and oil marketing companies and also advised them to maintain sufficient fuel stock.
Mr. Udayakumar also clarified that a comprehensive list of all do’s and don’ts have been circulated among all people and also reiterated caution to fishermen to not to step into the sea. He also underlined that the red column in the Met bulletins only showcase that the government should take steps to lessen possible disaster and which has already been done. People should not panic at any cost.
A warning by the Met Office regarding the Cyclone Gaja
Met office warned storm flow of about 1.0 metres likely to inundate low lying areas of Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Nagapattinam, and Ramanathapuram districts of Tamil Nadu, along with Karaikal district of Puducherry during landfall. IMD also warned regarding the major damage that can be to thatched huts and said that ‘ rooftops can be blow off and communication and power lines may also be affected. They also added that standing crops could be hit besides water intrusion in above mentioned low areas.
The government also set control rooms to allow the people to seek help in case of eventualities. The control rooms which set up are 1070 or 1077 or 1031. People who want any kind of help can reach to
- Police department – 100
- Fire and rescue services personnel – 101
- Emergency service – 108
- Electricity department – 1912
- Transport department – 1073
- Coast quard- 1554
People can also call on below numbers for assistance during Cyclone Gaja:
- To call state emergency operation centre – 0413 223407
- To call the local administration department – 0413 2336469
- To call Puducherry municipality – 0413 2227518
- To call Oulgaret municipality – 0413 2200382