Cyclone Nivar: Over 1 lakh evacuated from Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, says NDRF
- The NDRF has constituted a total of 50 teams
- There are 20 teams which have been kept on standby in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and Kerala
- The speed is going to be 130-145 kms per hour with strong winds, said the DG of the NDRF
The director general of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), SN Pradhan, said that more than one lakh people have been evacuated from the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in order to "tide over the worst challenge" put up by the Cyclone Nivar which is anticipated to make a landfall in the early hours of Thursday, reported PTI.
The NDRF has constituted a total of 50 teams -with 30 being deployed on the ground in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh - considering the cyclone shifting from the Bay of Bengal towards the coastal areas.
There are 20 teams which have been kept on standby in various states like Vijaywada (Andhra Pradesh), Cuttack (Odisha) and Thrissur (Kerala).
S N Pradhan, the director general of the federal disaster response force on Wednesday said that they have geared up with all the preparations to "tide over the worst challenge that is put up by the cyclone".
"As per reports last received, the cyclone may make a landfall a little later than earlier predicted and it could be after 2-3 am on Thursday or on November 26," Pradhan said in a recorded audio-visual message.
The speed is going to be that of a very severe cyclonic storm which is 130-145 kms per hour with strong winds, he said.
The landfall is anticipated to take place between Mamallapuram and Karaikal.
"As per latest reports, more than one lakh people have been evacuated across Tamil Nadu and in Puducherry about 1,000-2,000 people have been evacuated by the local authorities and the NDRF," he added.
He further mentioned that there is "perfect coordination" between the state and central authorities which are supervising the cyclone situation and the force is geared up with equipments such as cutters and boats to assist rescue those trapped and pave the way for the rehabilitation of normal life.
"A total of 25 NDRF teams are deployed on the likely affected coastal areas of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh after consultation with state authorities."
"Out of these, 15 teams have been deployed in costal districts of Tamil Nadu. Six have been positioned at Cuddalore, three at Viluppuram, two teams each at Chennai and Chengalpattu, while one team each at Mayiladuthurai and Nagapattinam districts," an NDRF spokesperson said.
Besides, three teams are deployed at Pondicherry and one team at Karaikal. Three NDRF teams have been deployed at Nellore district and one team at Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh, the spokesperson specified.
Comprehending the severity of the situation, five additional NDRF teams have also been kept on alert at Vijayawada and two teams at Vishakhapatnam for immediate backup, he said. "In view of the current COVID-19 scenario, NDRF teams are equipped with appropriate PPE/special kits," he added.