It seems the Central government has learnt its lesson in minimising the damage caused by cyclones in the past. Cyclone Phailin in 2013, Cyclone Hudhud in 2014 wreaked havoc when it made landfall causing damage to life and property.
However, as Cyclone Vardah is likely to cross Tamil Nadu/South Andhra Pradesh coast, the O. Panneerselvam led-Tamil Nadu government have worked in tandem with Centre to make sure there’s no repeat of previous mistakes.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh has remained in constant touch with newly-elected chief minister of Tamil Nadu O. Panneerselvam regarding the disaster management assistance.
Credit goes to the Centre’s preparedness especially during the funeral procession of former Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa. On instructions from the Union Home Ministry, the Rapid Action Force was airlifted from Jammu and Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh during the funeral proccession of Jayalalithaa.
Similarly, again on the directions from Rajnath Singh Union Home Minister six companies of National Disaster Management action commandoes were airlifted on Sunday night.
At the request of the Tamil Nadu Government, the Navy, Air Force and Army were in attendance at various parts of Tamil Nadu.
According to the weather forecast, Vardah will cross the coast as a cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph by Monday afternoon.
“The very severe cyclonic storm Vardah is now lying at about 180 kms east of Chennai,” Meteorological Department Director S Balachandran said.
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