The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) HQ and Commandants of battalions located at Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are in coordination with the respective state authorities in view of the cyclonic storm “NIVAR”.
The NDRF Commandants and battalions located at Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh with 12 teams in Tamil Nadu, 03 teams in Puducherry and 07 teams in Andhra Pradesh. They have been kept reserve at Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, Thrissur in Kerala and Mundi in Odisha to meet additional requirements.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the Cyclonic Storm “NIVAR” has centred about 380 km East-Southeast of Puducherry and 430 km Southeast of Chennai and is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours and is very likely to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram around Puducherry during the late today evening, as a severe cyclonic storm, with a wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph.
All teams have reliable wireless and satellite communications, tree cutters/ pole cutters for post-landfall restoration if the need arises. In view of the current COVID-19 scenario, NDRF teams are equipped with appropriate PPE.
NDRF is also working in close coordination with district and local administrations. Awareness programmes are being conducted for all citizens in the form of information about cyclones, do’s and don’ts and information about COVID-19 in affected areas and prevention measures. All deployed teams are assisting the local administration in the evacuation of people from areas that are likely to be affected by the cyclone. NDRF is spreading a sense of security amongst the communities that teams are available at their service and will remain present in the area until the situation returns to normal so that the public does not panic.