Chennai, December 2: The much-anticipated cyclone Nada, seems to be passing away without much incident. The cyclone hit the Karaikal coast in Pondy region at 5.00am on Friday morning. However, with its wind velocity weakening, the cyclone barely brushed through the region.
According to the Indian Meteorological department, the Cyclone further weakened into a depression before making a landfall in the region of Nagapattinam. The cyclone made the landfall at 50 km wind speed. Further, the MeT forecasts a moderate rainfall in the northern coastal region of Tamil Nadu. However, speaking to the media, Disaster Monitoring Secretary Gagan Singh informed that fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea.
Reports by the IMD further stated that the cyclone will further weaken in the next 12 hours. There is also a possibility that it may be downgraded to just a “deep depression”. So far, up to 4 cm rain has been received in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, and Puducherry. Forecasts predict that Chennai is to receive light showers during the day.
In a statement issued recently the IMD said, “Yesterday’s cyclonic storm “Nada” over southwest and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal (BoB) moved west-northwestwards during past 24 hours and lay centered at 0830 hours IST of today, the 1st December 2016 over southwest BoB near latitude 10.4ºN and longitude 81.7ºE, about 330 km south-southeast of Chennai, 270 km southeast of Puducherry and 210 km north-northeast of Trincomalee (Srilanka). The system is very likely to move west-northwestwards, weaken gradually into a deep depression during next 12 hours and cross north Tamil Nadu coast between Vedaranniyam and Puducherry, south of Cuddalore by early hours of 2nd December.”
With memories of the horrific floods that hit the region last December in mind, both Tamil Nadu and Puducherry had prepared to avert a possible recurrence. The Navy was on high alert and had readied itself for relief efforts. In preparation for a possible disaster, 2 Indian Naval ships Shakti and Satpura were on stand-by to proceed to the most affected areas. They were to undertake Humanitarian Aid Distress Relief (HADR), evacuation and provide logistic support including providing medical aid.
Having taken stock of the situation, Cuddalore Collector Rajesh Kumar said, “We have identified and strengthened 41 cyclone relief shelters with adequate food material and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have already arrived.”. Puducherry Lieutenant-Governor Kiran Bedi also tweeted out saying, “NADA, Cyclone passed off peacefully (land fall) through Karaikal (Pondy region) coast at 5.00am. Wind velocity down.”