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Cyclone Nivar: how to be safe before, during and after the storm

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The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has shared the guidelines, suggesting some do’s and don’ts before, during and after Cyclone Nivar, which is expected to make landfall Wednesday night. Cyclone Nivar is likely to cross the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Wednesday night as a “very severe cyclonic storm” with a wind speed of 120-130 km / h with gusts of 145 km / h.

Nivar has already intensified into a severe cyclonic storm over the southwest of the Bay of Bengal that moved west-northwest with a speed of 6 km / h for the past six hours, according to the meteorological office. It was centered over the southwest of the Bay of Bengal about 300 kilometers east-southeast of Cuddalore, about 310 kilometers east southeast of Puducherry and 370 kilometers south-southeast of Chennai, it added. It is very likely to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm over the next 12 hours.

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Here’s what you can do to stay safe before the cyclone:

1. Ignore the rumors. Stay calm, don’t panic.

2. Keep your mobile phones charged to ensure connectivity. Use SMS

3. Listen to the radio, watch television, read the newspapers for weather updates.

4. Store your documents and valuables in waterproof containers.

5. Prepare an emergency kit with essentials for safety and survival.

6. Untie the animals to ensure their safety.

7. Keep a battery operated torch with enough dry cells.

8. Anchor removable objects that can fly in high winds such as a garbage can.

9. Stockpile non-perishable foods that can be used in an emergency.

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These are the safety measures to follow during and after the cyclone:

Indoors

1. Turn off the electrical network and gas supply.

2. Keep your doors and windows closed.

3. If your home feels unsafe, get out early before a cyclone starts.

4. Listen to the radio or transistor

5. Drink boiled or chlorinated water.

6. Trust only the official warning.

Outdoor

1. Do not enter damaged buildings.

2. Watch out for broken power poles, cables, and other sharp objects.

3. Find a safe haven as soon as possible.

Here are some NDMA suggestions to follow after the cyclone:

1. If you are in a shelter, stay there until you are told you can safely return home.

2. You should get vaccinated against diseases immediately.

3. Avoid loose cables dangling from light poles.

4. If you must drive, drive carefully.

5. Clean up debris from your premises immediately.

Hindustan Times

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