Chennai, Nov 7 (TruthDive): The collectors of costal districts of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have been directed to evacuate people in low lying areas, as a precautionary measure to the cyclone Jal’s crossing the Bay of Bengal coast closer to Nellore.
Cyclone Jal is expected to cross the coast tomorrow evening and is possible to cause extensive damage in coastal districts like Kadalur, Thiruvotriyur, Nellore Prakasam, Guntur and Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore. According to the state revenue minister Mr.Dharmana Prasada Rao the cyclone may also affect districts near Chittoor regions.
National Disaster Response Force at Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu had positioned their personnel in Nellore to assist in the rescue and relief operations. The army and air force had also been alerted on this issue, the navy has been requested to position their boats and helicopters for the rescue operation, said Mr. Dharmana Prasada Rao.
The fishermen folks are asked to not attempt on fishing and are demanded to evacuate to safer areas in regards to the cyclone and the disaster it may cause.
Mr.Dharmana Prasada Rao briefed the reporters after a high level review meeting lead by Chief Minister K Rosaiah on the severe cyclone threatening the Andhra Pradesh Coast. The minister also added that the 35 mandals in the four coastal districts are viable to face the brunt of Jal.
The severe cyclone will pass the coast with the speed of 120 – 140 kms and a heavy rainfall of 25 cms is likely to wash away the coastal areas. People living along the coastal regions are being evacuated and lodged in relief camps at local schools.
The state government is taking all measures to face this natural disaster to save human lives and destruction of properties, he added.
Senior IAS officers who had previously been charged as collectors were being placed to the affected districts to supervise the rescue operations and provide guidance on administrative necessity. Elected representatives are also asked to help the administration in evacuating and moving the people to safe areas.