Cyclone Nivar To Hit Tomorrow, Curbs In Puducherry From 9 PM: 10 Points
Cyclone Nivar: PM Modi said he had spoken to the Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
- Cyclone Nivar may cross Tamil Nadu, Puducherry tomorrow evening
- PM said he spoke to the Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry
- Cyclone likely to arrive with winds gusting at up to 120 km per hour
Here is your ten-point cheat sheet on this big story:
PM Modi said he had spoken to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswamy and Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasami. "Assured all possible support from the Centre. I pray for the safety and well-being of those living in the affected areas," he tweeted.
In Puducherry, large gatherings have been banned ahead of the expected landfall. Public movement has been prohibited from 9 PM tonight to 6 AM on Thursday. However, milk booths, hospitals, pharmacies have been allowed to stay open while other shops will stay shut.
There was heavy rain overnight in several coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, and Puducherry. The weather office says the storm is likely to cross between Karaikal and Mamallapuram by 5 pm tomorrow.
Nivar, centered at 450 km south east of Chennai, is likely to intensify into a severe cyclone in the next 24 hours. "Deep depression has intensified into a cyclonic storm -- NIVAR over south-west Bay of Bengal -- (Cyclone alert for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts - Yellow Message)," the India Meteorological Department tweeted.
Officials are preparing for possible damage like trees being uprooted, power supply disruption, communication lines being snapped and roofs being blown away. Tidal waves about a metre high are likely to flood low-lying areas.
Six teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have already reached Cuddalore district. Two teams are also stationed in Chennai.
Revenue Minister RB Udhayakumar, who heads the state Disaster Management Department, told: "We expect very heavy rains. Our monitoring officers are alert on the ground. They are ensuring clear channels for smooth flow of water and safe storage in large lakes".
Buses will be suspended from 1 pm in seven districts, including Pudukottal, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai and Thiruvarur.
Chief Minister EPS has appealed to people to stay in and to travel using personal transport only if it is unavoidable. The state disaster management department has asked people to stock up on food, drinking water and batteries.
Cuddalore Collector Chandra Sekhar Sakhamuri told: "We will comply with COVID norms. We have also moved around 400 large boats and 1500 catamarans to safe locations. Around 500 people from low lying areas have already been shifted to relief centres."