Mumbai: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday that cyclonic storm ‘containment’ intensified with a deep depression in the Bay of South West Bengal, causing runoff between Puducherry and Tamil Nadu coast at 8 pm and midnight on Wednesday. There is a possibility of landslides in between.
“Extremely heavy rainfall is expected in the coastal and northern interior Tamil Nadu districts on 25 November. The most vulnerable areas are the districts of North Tamil Nadu,” Dr. Mrityunjay Mahapatra, Director General, IMD said.
Meanwhile, the NDRF said that it has deployed several teams in the states of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. “12 teams participated in Tamil Nadu, 2 teams in Puducherry, and 1 team in Karaikal. 3 teams joined Nellore and 1 team in Chittoor. 3 teams were organized in Vizag in the past. A total of 22 teams available on the ground and 8 teams on standby. A total of 30 teams are committed,” said the NDRF DG.
IMD also predicted that the cyclone is centered 410 km east-southeast of Puducherry and 450 km southeast of Chennai.
“It is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm (containment) during the next 24 hours. The Met Office said that there is a possibility of moving northwest around the afternoon of 25 November and crossing the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry between Karaikal and Mamallapuram,” the weather department said.
While section 144 has been imposed in Puducherry for the next three days, the Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday declared a public holiday on November 25.