Chennai: Explaining the steps taken by the government to tackle the situation in view of the alert issued by Cyclone Nivar, Revenue Minister R B Udhayakumar said six teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from Arakkonam have been deployed in the coastal areas of Cuddalore and Chidambaram for pe-positioning.
Fishermen were advised not to venture into the sea till Wednesday and move to safer places. Steps were also being taken to evacuate people living in low lying areas and house them in government relief camps.
Special officers were appointed in 36 revenue districts to monitor the precautionary measures and all the district collectors were asked to be alert to meet any exigency.
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday chaired a high-level meeting to assess its impending impact. He announced precautionary measures, including suspension of bus services in seven districts – Pudukkottai, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Cuddalore, Villupuram and Chengalpattu – from Tuesday noon, until further orders.
Palaniswami also made an appeal to the people asking them not to venture out in the coming couple of days (24 and 25 November), except for essential needs, as there were high chances of trees getting uprooted due to the strong winds triggered by Cyclone Nivar.
He instructed officials of the local administrations, municipalities, revenue, fire, public works, highways, electricity, health and other departments to be ready with adequate lighting equipment, JCBs, lorries, tree-removal equipment, sandbags and electric poles from Monday evening in districts that are on the path of the cyclone.