NCMC Reviews Preparedness for Very Severe Cyclone Nivar; assures aid to Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Puducherry
The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) on Tuesday assessed the status of the “very severe cyclonic storm” ‘Nivar’ which is expected to hit the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Wednesday, and assured states of all possible assistance, including early release from the disaster relief fund.
The NCMC, headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, also ordered all involved to continue working towards the goal of zero loss of life and early restoration of normalcy in affected areas including electrical and telecommunications networks, said a official spokesperson.
The NCMC reviewed the status of impending Cyclone Nivar in a meeting via videoconference with the Chief Secretaries of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
The chief secretaries of the three states, the general directors of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) briefed the NCMC on their readiness and mentioned that the authorities are fully prepared to face any eventuality. .
The NDRF chief said 30 force teams have been deployed to the three states so far, while 20 more teams have been kept on standby for immediate deployment.
An NDRF team consists of about 40 people.
The NCMC was also informed that the cyclone is expected to hit about 15 districts in the three states and that several thousand people living along the coast have been moved to shelters, the spokesperson said.
The cabinet secretary assured the chief secretaries of all necessary assistance, and the Union Secretary of the Interior, Ajay Kumar Bhalla, conveyed that the required financial assistance from the National Disaster Relief Fund will be delivered on Wednesday.
The cabinet secretary also asked everyone to circulate the dos and don’ts to people living in coastal areas asking them to remain calm, ignore rumors, keep mobile phones charged, listen to the radio, do not enter in damaged buildings, leave the house to be safer places if the current house is not insured and turn off the main power connection, among others.
The meeting was briefed on coordination between the NDRF and other agencies to meet this challenge.
The Director General of the Meteorological Department of India gave a presentation on the current situation and mentioned that the state is being shared with interested state governments.
The meeting emphasized that the warnings issued to fishermen asking them not to go to sea must be strictly enforced, the spokesperson said.
The meeting was attended by secretaries from various ministries and departments of the central government.
Cyclone Nivar is expected to intensify into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ and cross the shores of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry between Karaikal and Mamallapuram on the night of November 25, IMD said.
Nivar is the second cyclone in the Bay of Bengal this year. By May, Cyclone Amphan had turned into a “super cyclonic storm”.