District Collector D. Mohan undertook an inspection of coastal hamlets in Villupuram district to review the preparedness ahead of the landfall of Cyclone Mandous, which is expected to cross north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and the adjoining Andhra Pradesh coasts around Mamallapuram at about midnight on Friday.
At Pillaichavady, Mr. Mohan, who enquired with officials on the measures taken, said 12 cyclone shelters equipped with basic amenities had been readied in coastal hamlets near Marakkanam to accommodate families shifted from flood-prone and vulnerable areas. Two teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been stationed at Marakkanam and Kottakuppam coasts, he said.
Mr. Mohan reiterated an appeal to the public to stay indoors till the cyclone had passed and to follow the instructions issued by the administration.
People can call 1077 or 04146-223265 and also use the WhatsApp number 72001 51144 for assistance. The numbers will function round the clock, he said.