Cyclone Nivar makes landfall in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry: Severe cyclonic storm weakens into cyclonic storm

The IMD stated that the cyclone will  continue to move north-northwestwards and further weaken into a cyclonic storm in the next six hours.

Created On: Nov 26, 2020 11:48 ISTModified On: Nov 26, 2020 11:50 IST
Cyclone Nivar

Cyclone Nivar crossed the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry as a very severe cyclonic storm with a speed of 120-135 kmph and weakened into a severe cyclonic storm with wind speed dropping to 100-110 kmph, confirmed the Indian Meteorological Department.

The IMD stated that the cyclone will  continue to move north-northwestwards and further weaken into a cyclonic storm in the next six hours. It also added saying that the winds are higher in the northeast sector therefore the northeast sector from Puducherry has still higher winds of 100-110 kmph.

The severe cyclonic storm is expected to gradually decrease to 65-75 kmph during next 3 hours with further northwest ward movement over land in districts of South-interior Karnataka. The fishermen in South-coastal Andhra Pradesh & North-coastal Tamil Nadu have been advised not to go to the sea. 

The Union Home Minister assured that the centre is closely monitoring situation in Tamil Nadu & Puducherry in the wake of Cyclone Nivar. He had also spoken to Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami and Puducherry CM V.Narayanasamy and assured all possible help from the centre. Shah further added that the National Disaster Response Force teams are on ground to help people in need.

Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy visited different areas to assess damage by Cyclone Nivar. He stated that heavy rainfall of 23 cm in 24 hours was observed and no report of loss of life. He said,  "We've never seen such torrential rains here" and added that electricity will be restored in the city in 12 hours.

Cyclone Nivar: All you need to Know!

Impact 

Areas near landfall point witnessed spell of extremely strong winds, many trees got uprooted and major streets in Puducherry and Chennai were flooded due to torrential rain. Waterlogging were reported in parts of Chennai after the overnight rain. 

So far no casualties have been confirmed officially but various media reports suggest that three people have died and over 2 lakh people were evacuated to safety. 

Landfall

The Cyclone Nivar intensified into severe cyclonic storm and made landfall  between Mahabalipuram and Karaikal in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry late yesterday evening. The governments of both Tamil Nadu and Puducherry had announced restrictions in view of the cyclone. Rail and bus services were either curtailed or suspended in the vulnerable districts.

The National Disaster Response Force had also issued precautions while its personnel were on alert in coastal areas. The NDRF DG informed that 12 teams had been positioned in Tamil Nadu, 2 teams in Puducherry  and 1 team in Karaikal.

Besides this, 3 teams were positioned in Nellore, 3 in Vizag and 1 team in Chittoor. Overall, 22 NDRF teams were available on the ground and another eight on standby. Total 30 teams were committed to provide support in the vulnerable areas. 

How did Tamil Nadu prepare for Cyclone Nivar?

Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami had declared a statewide public holiday on November 25, the day Cyclone Nivar was expected to cross Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coasts.

All Inter and intra-district bus services and trains services were suspended in seven districts of Tamil Nadu from today.

The people living in low-lying vulnerable areas were asked to shift to cyclone shelters. Besides this, zonal teams were positioned in every block and panchayat, to be mobilised for clearing of roads, setting up of electricity poles, informed Disaster Monitoring Zonal Officer, Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu.

Along with this, 5 flood relief teams and a diving team were made ready for deployment at Chennai and one flood relief team each was on standby at Naval Detachment Nagapattinam, Rameswaram and air station INS Parundu.

INS Jyoti was also deployed with HADR brick and diving teams along Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast, informed the Indian Navy.

How is Puducherry bracing for Cyclone Nivar?

The Puducherry District Magistrate had ordered for imposition of Section 144 from 9 pm on November 24th till 6 am on November 26th in the entire Puducherry region in the wake of the cyclone. 

All shops and establishments will remain closed between this time. Only milk stations, petrol stations and pharmacies will be allowed to operate.

Among other states, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy held a virtual meeting on November 24th with the Collectors of Chittoor, Kadapa, Kurnool, Anantapuramu, Nellore and Prakasam districts over Cyclone Nivar. 

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Background

A deep depression in the Bay of Bengal has intensified into a cyclonic storm over southwest Bay of Bengal. The alert for the same was issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD). A similar deep depression weakened into a depression over Gulf of Aden and Somalia. 

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