Cyclone Nivar intensifies, NDMA releases safety guidelines
- IMD on Monday said cyclone Nivar will affect Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry
- Nivar is likely to make landfall on the afternoon of November 25
- NDMA has released guidelines on the safety measures people need to follow
Southern parts of India including Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry will be hit by the cyclonic storm 'Nivar' that is expected to intensify and make landfall on the afternoon of November 25. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday said that cyclone will affect Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry between November 24 and 26.
"The Depression over southwest and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal about 600 km south-southeast of Puducherry and 630 km south-southeast of Chennai. It is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 24 hours," IMD said in a tweet on Monday.
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Meanwhile, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has earmarked 30 teams to launch rescue and relief operations for the two states and the union territory, in view of the cyclone 'Nivar'.
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The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has also released guidelines about the safety measures people need to follow during such time. Here are the dos and don'ts one must adopt.
- People residing in "kutcha" houses have been asked to be cautious.
- Stay calm, don't panic and ignore rumours.
- Listen to the radio and watch the television for the weather updates.
- Switch off all electrical mains and gas supply.
- Keep your doors and windows shut.
- Keep your mobile phones and other gadgets charged.
- Keep your documents and valuables inside waterproof boxes or containers.
- Prepare an emergency kit with essential items.
- If you feel that your house is unsafe, leave before the cyclone hits.
- Fishermen must not venture out into the sea.
- Do not panic and do not believe rumours.
- Do not enter damaged or under-construction buildings.
- Do not step out of your home.
- Avoid loose, dangling wires from lamp posts.
- Don't leave sharp objects loose.