NOIDA- Tamil Nadu State government has announced a holiday in all the schools and colleges of six districts on November 15 due to the probable adverse effects of cyclone ‘Gaja’, stated by RB Udhayakumar, Revenue Minister.
The minister further talked about the cautions taken by the State government stating that the Meteorological Department had given the warning of the cyclone to be moving at the rate of 10km/hour in West and South-West direction.
After covering certain distance towards West and South West direction, the cyclone will become adverse in another 12 hours. Following that, the cyclone will make landfall between Pamban and Cuddalore. With this, the districts like Cuddalore, Pudukottai, Thiruvarur, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam and Ramanathapuram will experience hefty rainfall on November 15. Thus, the Givernment has announced the holiday in the schools and colleges of these districts.
He added that as per the report given by the meteorological department, the intrusion of sea water is probable to a height of one metre in low-lying regions of the districts like Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Thanjavur and Ramanathapuram. He said that the cables of electricity and telecom services may get destroyed and the trees may get uprooted. Declaring all this, the department has warned the people to take certain precautionary steps like fishermen must not go nearby sea and those who are residing in huts in the coastal regions should go to safer areas.
The minister quoted that the state government had already been taken various preventive measures to deal with the situation. These are: instructions have been given to the petroleum outlets keep sufficient stock at their outlets, telecom service providers have also been asked to store sufficient fuel for initiating the generators for at least 15 days so that the uninterrupted communication service can be availed.
The Government has alerted the people to stay away from the activities like fishing, swimming etc in coastal regions. Those who live in low-lying areas have been asked to go to the safest place. The parents have also been instructed to hold their children and do not allow them to play and take bath in coastal regions.
Dos and Don’ts
All the residents of the districts are supposed to go through the instructions of TNSMART app; they must be aware of the announcements made by radio and television; the documents that are important should be retained properly in waterproof boxes; The eatables, water, medicine, milk etc must be bought for minimum seven days in advance; the items like torch lights, battery, matchbox, band-aid, dry foods, knife, glucose and first-aid box should also be retained. Gale wind may destroy the doors and windows, thus the residents must close their doors and windows all the time. They are advised to take boiled water, eat hygienic food, make use of disinfectants all around and stay away from electric cables.
The residents must not pay heed to the rumors. They are not supposed to stand their vehicles under trees. They must not travel in vehicles at the time of the cyclone and should listen to the declaration by IMD before going outside.