All schools in Puducherry, Karaikal, and Yanam regions will also remain closed on December 4, 2023 due to the Cyclone Michung.
The Puducherry government has declared a holiday in all colleges of the centrally governed territories for next week, starting December 4th, due to Cyclone Michung.
In a statement, it was mentioned that owing to the potential impact of Cyclone Michung, a holiday has been declared on December 4, 2023 (Monday) for all colleges in the Puducherry, Karaikal, and Yanam regions.
Furthermore, all schools in the Puducherry, Karaikal, and Yanam regions will also remain closed on December 4, 2023.
Cyclone Michung has raised concerns about its impact on the eastern coast of India. In addition, the Cyclone Warning Center has predicted an increase in winds and rainfall on the northern Tamil Nadu coast and southern Andhra Pradesh coast from December 3.
According to the Greater Chennai Police, there is a possibility of the cyclone making landfall on the northern Tamil Nadu coast between Nellore and Machilipatnam on Monday, December 4, at a speed of 100 km per hour.
Preparations for the disaster have been accelerated. The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, reviewed the preparedness of state governments, central ministries, and departments for the cyclone approaching the Bay of Bengal on December 1.
According to an official statement, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 18 teams in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and Puducherry, with an additional 10 teams kept on standby. The Coast Guard, Army, and Navy, along with rescue and relief teams, have also prepared ships and aircraft.
Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea during this period. IMD has warned about the danger to fishing huts, the possibility of damage to weak structures, breaking of tree branches, uprooting of small and medium-sized trees, and potential damage to power and communication lines. According to the weather department, crops, horticultural crops, and gardens are also at risk.
The Chief Secretaries of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha, along with the Finance Secretary of Puducherry, briefed the NCMC about the steps taken for the safety of people and property in the expected path of the cyclone. They shed light on local administration measures.
While reviewing the preparedness of central agencies and governments in these states, Cabinet Secretary Gauba emphasized the need for necessary preventive measures. He stressed the goal of preventing loss of life and reducing damage to property and essential infrastructure. The swift restoration of essential services is crucial.
Priority was given to ensuring the safety of fishermen and laborers on oil rigs and ships in the sea. All relevant parties were urged to ensure their safety.
The Cabinet Secretary assured the state governments of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and Puducherry of the readiness and availability of central agencies for assistance.
Besides state representatives, key officials present included the Union Home Secretary, Secretary of the Fisheries Department, and Secretary of the Ministry of Energy.
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