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Cyclone Nada: Heavy rains lash Chennai

Cyclonic storm Nada is likely to weaken into deep depression and cross north Tamil Nadu coast, south of Cuddalore, by early Friday.

Heavy rain and thundershowers started lashing several part of Chennai on Thursday afternoon, even as Cyclone Nada moved closer to the Tamil Nadu coast at a fast pace.

Cyclonic storm Nada is likely to weaken into deep depression and cross north Tamil Nadu coast, south of Cuddalore, by early Friday.

In wake of this, rain activity has increased significantly during the last two hours.

Chennai recorded 34.5 mm of rain from 8:30 am till afternoon.

According to Regional Meteorological Centre Chennai, squally winds would prevail along and off Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts on Thursday.

Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Fishermen were advised to not venture into the sea as the sea condition would be rough to very rough along and off Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts during these two days.

The Navy has “assumed high degree of readiness”. Two naval ships, Shakti and Satpura, are on standby with divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats, helicopters and relief material, said a statement. Meanwhile, NDRF teams have been posted in Cuddalore.

Schools in Tamil Nadu’s northern coastal districts like Chennai, Nagapattinam and Cuddalore and in Puducherry were closed for the next two days.

Chennai is scarred by the floods caused by heavy rain last year that killed more than 100 people and made many homeless. The Tamil Nadu government has issued a statement asking people to cooperate, not to panic, and closely monitor broadcasts via TV or radio for any updates.

The Regional Meteorological Centre Chennai expects damage to be restricted to thatched huts and minor damage to power and communication lines due to breaking of branches. Major damage to kutcha, minor damage to pucca roads and some damage to paddy crops, banana, papaya trees and
orchards was predicted.

 

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