Cyclone

High rain alert in TN, AP; boats, NDRF teams on standby

tn-rain-alert Tamil Nadu was ravaged by massive floods last year | AFP
  • The low pressure over north Sri Lanka and adjoining areas of Gulf of Mannar and southwest Bay of Bengal has moved and intensified into depression and as of 8.30 hours is located 240 km South East of Chennai—MET Office

A heavy rain alert has been issued for north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh as depression over Southwest Bay of Bengal may intensify into a cyclone, reports quoting the MET office have said.

“The low pressure over north Sri Lanka and adjoining areas of Gulf of Mannar and southwest Bay of Bengal has moved and intensified into depression and as of 8.30 hours is located 240 km South East of Chennai,” Regional Meteorological Centre director S. Balachandran said in a statement.

The MET office has predicted heavy rainfall throughout Wednesday, particularly in areas of north coastal Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram.

Following the alert, Tamil Nadu—ravaged by a massive floods last year—put 25 boats on standby in low-lying areas, facilitated the deployment of four National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams and activated an emergency hotline.

Authorities in Tamil Nadu said the hotline number of 1070 can be contacted for any rain-related grievance, according to reports.

They have also fixed motor pumps near subways—such as those in the subways in Ganeshapuram, Perambur High Road, and the Villivakkam Redhills—which are prone to flooding as a precautionary measure.

An IAS officer has been appointed to supervise flood-related relief efforts and safety measures in each of the 30 flood-prone zones of Chennai.

Similarly, heavy rainfall is predicted over south Andhra Pradesh coast during the next 48 hours.

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Topics : #Tamil Nadu | #floods

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