New Delhi: Cyclonic Storm ‘Foni’, as on today morning, is located at 880 Kms. South East of Chennai. It is expected to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm by 30th April. The storm will continue to move North West and change its path to North East from 1st May.
According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), landfall over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh is ruled out. However, the possibility of landfall in Odisha is under continuous watch.
Prime Minister himself is closely monitoring the situation and has directed Cabinet Secretary to convene the Meeting of National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) to take stock of the situation with State Governments and Central Ministries/Agencies concerned and ensure that all preparations to deal with any situation are in place.
NDRF and Indian Coast Guard have been put on high alert and placed at the disposal of State Government Authorities.
Regular warnings have been issued since 25th April to fishermen not to venture into the sea and asking those at sea to return to coast. IMD has been issuing three hourly bulletins with latest forecast to all the concerned States. MHA is also in continuous touch with the State Governments and the Central Agencies concerned.