The United States is reeling under the impact of Hurricane Sandy, and which is considered as the largest storm in the history of America. And here in India, a cyclone is in the making in the Bay of Bengal- 350 km off Chennai.
According to fresh reports issued by the MET officials, it’s in the form of a deep depression that could intensify into a cyclone. Further, officials said that the cyclone will have its center between Nagapattinam and Nellore (South Andhra Pradesh) by Tuesday evening.
Official added that both Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are preparing for the possible cyclone. For safety reasons, all the schools and colleges are closed in Chennai today.
Fishermen in Nagapattinam, Chennai and Puducherry have been asked to not venture into the sea.
Talking to media, the Collector of Nagapattinam Mr T Munusamy said, “The district has a clear contingency plan; each department including the police, fire and rescue services have been allotted specific work like clearing fallen trees, evacuating people etc. and all 21 cyclone shelters are ready.”
Further, Chennai Corporation Commissioner Dr D Karthikeyan said, “All field officials have been asked to stay in their field offices at night; 280 corporation schools and 4 community kitchens are ready to be used as temporary relief centres; police and corporation officials would work together; if cyclone is confirmed we would move boats to vulnerable areas as well but let’s wait for confirmation and not spread panic he added”.