Tamil Nadu/Odisha : The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Indian Coast Guard have been put on high alert and fisherman asked not to venture into the sea as cyclone ‘Fani’ is expected to intensify into a very severe storm by Tuesday, the Home Ministry said on Monday.
As per reports, the cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ was located at 800 Km of South-East of Chennai and it will continue to move North-West and change its path to North-east from Wednesday.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) its landfall over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh is ruled out. However, the possibility of landfall in Odisha is under continuous watch.
The NDRF and the Indian Coast Guard have been put on high alert and placed at the disposal of the state government concerned. Regular warnings have been issued since April 25 to fisherman not to venture into the sea and asking those at sea to return to coast, it said.
The Indian Met Department has been issuing three hourly bulletins giving regular updates on the weather forecast to all the concerned state departments as well as the Home Ministry. The Home Ministry has been in continuous touch with the state governments and the central agencies for any plausible unavoidable event.