Kerala

Steps to handle cyclone emergencies

An elderly woman says a prayer as the cyclone threat keeps fishing vessels ashore at Vizhinjam on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: S MAHINSHA

The district has launched preparations on a war footing for tackling emergencies that may arise due to the developments on the weather front, District Collector Navjot Khosa has said.

With the deep depression over Bay of Bengal strengthening into Cyclone ‘Burevi’ on Tuesday, special attention is being given to 48 villages in the district. The Collector has issued directions to the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) and the Irrigation Department to release water from dams, given the possibility that the district could receive very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall over the next few days.

The assistance of the armed forces and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for handling emergencies had been ensured, Ms. Khosa, who chaired an urgent meeting of the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) here, said. The Revenue and Local Self-Government departments had initiated measures to ensure the prompt evacuation of people from vulnerable locations. A detailed list of locations and establishments had been finalised for opening relief camps. Buildings identified as locations for polling stations for local body polls were avoided from this list.

The Kerala State Electricity Board, KWA and the Civil Supplies Department had been directed to provide power and water supply and food to the relief camps when required, the Collector said.

The Hydrology Department had been tasked with the monitoring of water levels in the Neyyar, Killi and Karamana rivers. At present, the water levels were monitored at 8 a.m., 12 p.m., and 4 p.m. Over the next three days, the monitoring would be carried out at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the three rivers.

The Irrigation Department had initiated steps to avert waterlogging. The Minor Irrigation Department had been asked to clean up canals to ensure uninterrupted flow. Fishers were prohibited from setting out to sea till further notice in view of the ‘rough seas’ alert issued by Indian Meteorological Department.

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