Schools, colleges in Kanchipuram to remain closed on December 4 due to heavy rainfall
Due to the heavy rain forecast by IMD and to ensure the safety of schools and college students in the Kanchipuram district, schools and colleges will remain closed on December 4.
KANCHIPURAM: After the IMD forecast of heavy rain in various parts of Tamil Nadu, the Kanchipuram district collector announced a holiday for schools and colleges on December 4. Due to the heavy rain forecast by IMD and to ensure the safety of schools and college students in the Kanchipuram district, schools and colleges will remain closed on December 4.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast a cyclonic storm to cross South Andhra Pradesh and the adjoining North Tamil Nadu coast between Chennai and Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh around December 4 evening. A well-marked low-pressure area concentrated into a depression over the southeast adjoining the Southwest Bay of Bengal on Friday.
"Due to the onset of the cyclone, which we are expecting to come nearer to the coast of Chennai, we have deployed numerous teams. Apart from the standard operating procedure that we follow when we go for rescue, for the first time, we have started a concept of a district disaster response team," Chennai Commissioner Sandeep Rai Rathore said.
"There are 12 districts in Chennai, and for each district, we have a highly trained team. They have specialised equipment, including boats, life jackets and trained personnel. These personnel can go inside the stranded places and rescue people," he added.
He said that, apart from these, Chennai police and traffic police personnel are on duty. "Apart from this, a strength of about 18,000 Chennai police personnel will be on round-the-clock duty. Roughly 3000 traffic police personnel, along with traffic wardens and home guards, are on duty," Commissioner Rathore said.
"For the first time, we are also starting a police hospital. These teams will be at their disposal in case of any requirement. With all this preparation, we are sure that we'll be able to respond to any kind of situation. Lastly, we are also starting a dedicated green corridor for ambulances that need immediate movement," he added.
Meanwhile, the IMD further said that the deep depression was likely to convert into a cyclonic storm over the Southwest Bay of Bengal around December 3.
"It is likely to continue to move west-northwestward, intensify into a deep depression by December 2 and further into a cyclonic storm over the Southwest Bay of Bengal around December 3. Thereafter, it would move northwestwards and cross South Andhra Pradesh and the adjoining North Tamil Nadu coast between Chennai and Machilipatnam around the evening of December 4 as a cyclonic storm," the IMD further said.
Amid the looming fear of a cyclone over Tamil Nadu, the India Meteorological Department on Friday warned that the sea will be rougher than usual in the coastal areas.
The sea has gone 100 metres backwards, where the shore's breadth has increased at Velankanni Beach in Nagapattinam district due to the cyclone effect. The northeast monsoon is intensifying and heavy rain is taking place in various districts of Tamil Nadu.
With the India Meteorological Department's prediction of a cyclonic storm in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister MK Stalin on Friday instructed all concerned officials to take precautionary measures, including evacuating people from the places likely to be hit by the cyclone.