New Delhi: As cyclone Vardah prepares to hit coastal Tamil Nadu on Monday afternoon around north of Chennai, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has put on standby 15 teams that will spring into action, should the cyclone cause havoc, upon landfall.
“We have pre-positioned 15 teams across Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. There are seven teams in Andhra Pradesh—one is Nellore, two in Sullurpeta, one in Tada, two in Chittoor, and one in Ongole. Eight teams have been put in place in Tamil Nadu —three teams have been placed in Chennai, two in Kanchipuram, two in Tiruvallur and one team is on standby in Puducherry. We also have one team that is on standby in Arakkonam,” said R.K. Pachnanda, director general of NDRF.
Pachnanda also added that although they had information that the cyclone was likely to turn into a deep depression on making landfall at around 2pm on Monday afternoon, the NDRF was in constant touch with the respective state governments and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) to avert any damage.
According to IMD director S. Balachandran, cyclone Vardah is likely to cross north Tamil Nadu and the south Andhra Pradesh coast with a wind speed of 80-90 km per hour, gathering a momentum of about 110 km per hour by Monday afternoon, when it makes landfall between northern Tamil Nadu and southern Andra Pradesh.
A high alert has been issued in both the states and the Eastern Naval Command and disaster management teams have kept their disaster response and reserve teams on high alert. Schools and colleges too have been asked to remain closed in the region, while people have been urged to stay indoors as the cyclone hits the southern states.