Chennai, December 1: A natural disaster seems to be waiting to happen as cyclonic storm named ‘nada’ approaches the Tamil Nadu coast. The union territory of puducherry and the state of Tamil nadu will be the worst hit by the cyclone. The cyclone has been forecast to hit the region by tomorrow.

According to available meteorological information, The cyclonic system has formed over southwest Bay of Bengal and is 730km southeast of Puducherry. Further,  cyclone warning director S Balachandran of the IMD has clarified that  cyclone Nada is likely to cross the Tamil Nadu coast  between Vedaranyam and Puducherry  early on December 2 morning. “Chennai and coastal districts of Tamil Nadu will receive rain from Thursday morning,” Balachandran said.

With memories of the horrific floods that hit the region last December in mind, both Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are preparing to avert a possible recurrence. However,  IMD officials seem to believe that the situation would not be as dire as last December. Former deputy director-general of meteorology Y E A Raj, who is keeping a keen watch on the situation believes that the cyclone is likely to last for around two days.

The Navy is on high alert and has readied itself for for cyclone NADA relief efforts. In preparation for possible disasters, 2 Indian Naval ships Shakti and Satpura are standing by to proceed to the most affected areas. They will undertake Humanitarian Aid Distress Relief (HADR), evacuation, logistic support including providing medical aid. A Naval aircraft is also standing by at Naval Air Stations Rajali,Dega for reconnaissance, rescue,casualty evacuation and air drop of relief material. Meanwhile, the Eastern Naval Command is monitoring developments closely and the flag officer of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Naval Area is in constant communication with the State Administration.

The region is expected to be hit by light to moderate rains starting tomorrow, with wind speeds gearing up to between 50kmph and 80kmph. The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Chennai has issued a warning to fishermen against venturing out to sea from Wednesday night. Damage to property is set to be minimal with temporary structures and thatched huts being the worst hit. Power and communication lines might also be hit.