IMD Issues Warning Recommending Authorities To Move Coastal Dwellers To Safe Places


New Delhi: The India Meterologocal Department (IMD) has issued a “red warning” recommending that local authorities should take action and move coastal dwellers to safe places as heavy to very heavy rain is predicted in some districts of Tamil Nadu when Cyclone Gaja makes landfall on November 15.

As per the warning, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukottai, Tuticorin and Ramanathapuram districts are likely to receive “extremely heavy rainfall” (in excess of 20 cm) on Thursday.

A statement by the ministry of earth sciences, under which the IMD works, has clarified that a “red warning” has been issued, not a “red alert”.

A red warning, which recommends to state governments that all possible action should be taken to keep people safe, is different from a “red alert” that is issued by a state government to warn the local people about impending weather conditions.

“The red warning for some districts means that local authorities should take action for extremely heavy rain. The severe cyclonic storm will weaken before landfall. But when the storm is severe, ships and fishermen in the deep sea are likely to be impacted,” said M Mohapatra, IMD’s meteorology director.

The IMD had issued a red warning for several Kerala districts on August 9 this year, following which the state witnessed flooding unprecedented in at least 80 years.

In the case of Tamil Nadu, the action suggested by the MoES statement is “total suspension of fishing operations” along and off the coasts of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh till November 15.

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