Stalin reviews cyclone situation, directs authorities to take precautionary measures


Chennai, May 15 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Saturday said four teams from the National Disaster Response 
Force (NDRF) has been kept in readiness in three districts bordering Kerala to undertake relief and rescue works in view of the cyclonic storm TAUKTAE in the Arabian Sea. 
Mr Stalin, who reviewed the cyclone situation, said while two NDRF teams were stationed in Madurai, one each was kept in readiness in Coimbatore and the hilly Nilgiris districts. 
Apart from NDRF teams, the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams were also in a state of readiness to take up rescue and relief works in rain hit areas. 
He directed the officials to take all precautionary measures in districts where heavy to very heavy rains are expected. 
Though fishermen from the State, who had ventured into the sea have been asked to return to the shore by yesterday, Mr Stalin directed the officials to ensure the safety of the fishermen in Kanniyakumari district, where the sea conditions are very rough due to gusty winds and heavy rains. 
Noting that 162 of the 244 fishing boats, which had gone for deep sea fishing had returned to the shore, he directed the authorities to take steps to ensure that the remaining boats also reached the shore. Officials are also advised to keep all equipment in a state of 
readiness and take all precautionary measures in hilly districts which were prone to landslips. 
He also said that while shifting those affected by rains to relief camps, COVID-19 protocols should be strictly followed. The Revenue department has been directed to monitor the waterlevel in various water bodies.