Cyclone Nilam after 48 hours update
The death toll has risen in coastal Andhra Pradesh to 22, as heavy rains continued to lash the region as the after effect of the Cyclone Nilam. The coastal region has been witnessing heavy rainfall since the past 48 hours and more rainfall is expected in the next 24 hours.
People have been evacuated to relief camps from low lying areas. The government has put up 86 relief camps in which around 68,000 people are given shelter. 243,634 hectares of Standing crops, including paddy were affected in the rains. N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh told chief secretary Minnie Mathew to put all the related departments on high alert and monitor the flood and heavy rains situation closely. He also reviewed the situation along with the chief secretary and other senior officials from New Delhi over the phone and told the authorities to make all efforts for relief and rescue work.
Previous developments for Cyclone Nilam
As the cyclone Nilam crossed Chennai and made landfall at Mahabalipuram at about 4.30 pm on 31st October evening, it caused much devastation of life, property and nature. The landfall was considerably weakened with winds speed of maximum of 65-75 kmph, sparing large scale destruction. The death toll in cyclone-related incidents has gone up to seven. Three people were electrocuted, while another person died after a wall collapsed on him. Incidents from house collapse to cattle loss were also reported. Low-lying areas and important roads were flooded due to heavy rains. Standing paddy, banana and other crops were damaged at various places. Continuous rainfall significantly brought down the temperature. The Visakhapatnam Cyclone Warning Centre forecast more rain in the next 24 hours.
A crew member of an oil tanker vessel died and five other sailors are reported missing when 22 of the 37 crew members boarded a lifeboat. 16 of them were rescued and rushed to a hospital, where one of them was pronounced dead, while three others are said to be in serious condition. The bodies of two out of the five missing sailors have been found and are yet to be identified. Meanwhile, the search for the remaining three sailors is still on. One person died in Vilupuram due to a wall collapse after heavy rains and one another person was electrocuted in Thiruvannamalai. In Puducherry, a man slipped into the rough sea and drowned when, along with his friends, went to the pier to see the sea conditions.
Before the cyclone made landfall, more than 3500 people were evacuated and shifted to relief centres around Mahabalipuram. In the north coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh, heavy rains along with strong winds were observed. Reports of damaged mud houses and thatch huts were made in Nellore and Prakasam districts. As the storm surges, the tides are likely to inundate low lying areas Nellore district. People living in low lying areas of Nellore and Prakasam districts have evacuated to higher places. The village Pellakur received an all time record of 92.4 mm rainfall.
Heavy rains with strong winds in Chennai have uprooted many trees which officials are clearing quickly. The sea is getting rough and the waves at the Marina Beach are getting bigger and violent. Heavy rains have been noted in coastal Andhra Pradesh and Bangalore too. The storm is predicted to further move north-northwest into the country. Administration has advised people to remain indoors if possible.
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Cyclone alert in Tamil Nadu and Adjacent states
The Indian Metrological Department (IMD) issued a cyclone alert for north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh after a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal. The coastal areas of these regions face a cyclone threat. As per the IMD bulletin, the deep depression over southwest Bay of Bengal is centered at around 500 km south-southeast of Chennai and is said to strengthen further into a cyclonic storm.
The met department has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall at most places over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Fishermen in these regions have been advised not to venture into the sea. The authorities in Andhra Pradesh have issued high alert along the south coast and in the adjacent Rayalaseema region. Control rooms have also been set up in Nellore and Ongole in Prakasam district to monitor the situation. In Chennai, schools and colleges have been closed. Both Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are also gearing up for the possible cyclone threat.
Dr D Karthikeyan, Chennai Corporation Commissioner said that the city is prepared for the cyclone. 280 corporation schools, 4 community kitchens and 21 cyclone shelters are ready to be used as temporary relief centres. Each department has been allotted specific work. Experts say that low-lying districts of Chennai, like the Kanjipuram district, Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh and Thiruvallur in Tamil Nadu may get inundated.
Authorities in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu claim that they are prepared for the worst. 13 IAS officers have been deputed by Tamil Nadu government to supervise preparations and relief work. People living near the coast have been advised to move inland. All arrangements are in place as per the state governments. The Indian Metrological Department is keeping a regular track on the cyclone, as cyclones are unpredictable and can go anywhere
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Last Updated on 05 November 2012