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November 25, 2020 / 11:36 PM IST

Cyclone Nivar highlights: Landfall process of severe storm has started, says IMD

Cyclone Nivar highlights: The 'very severe cyclonic storm' is expected to make landfall along the Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coast later today or early tomorrow. A public holiday has been declared in Chennai and 12 districts of Tamil Nadu tomorrow.

Cyclone Nivar highlights: Cyclone Nivar, which the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has described as a 'very severe cyclonic storm', is expected to make landfall around midnight or early tomorrow. It is already intensifying. The landfall is expected to happen between Karaikal in Puducherry and Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu. Thus, Puducherry, parts of Tamil Nadu and southern Andhra Pradesh are expected
to witness heavy rainfall through the day. Tamil Nadu government has declared a public holiday for 13 districts, including Chennai, tomorrow (November 26). Moreover, Chennai Airport has also suspended its operations beginning 7 pm today till 7 am tomorrow. Officials in Tamil Nadu have said that heavy rain is unlikely to cause flooding like in 2015. At landfall, the wind speed is expected to be between 120-130 kilometres per hour, gusting to 145 kmph. IMD has said that these strong winds could cause structural damage to houses, uprooting of trees and damage crops. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 30 teams across Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh and 20 more teams are on standby. A team of NDRF comprises about 40 personnel.
  • November 25, 2020 / 11:35 PM IST

    Cyclone Nivar LIVE Updates | Cyclone Nivar has made landfall, according to IMD. It now lies about 50 km east-southeast of Cuddalore, about 40 km east southeast of Puducherry. Centre of the cyclone will cross coast near Puducherry within next 3 hours, IMD has said.

  • November 25, 2020 / 10:37 PM IST

    Cyclone Nivar LIVE Updates | IMD: Severe thunderstorm with heavy rain is likely to occur over Ariyalur, Cuddalore, Kancheepuram, Kallakurichi, Thiruvannamalai, Viluppuram, Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai, districts of Tamil Nadu & Puducherry and Karaikal area within next three hours. 

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  • November 25, 2020 / 09:39 PM IST

    Cyclone Nivar LIVE Updates | 'Nivar' now a very severe cyclonic storm, to cross TN- Puducherry coast before dawn on Thursday

    Torrential rains accompanied by gusty winds lashed several parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Wednesday, inundating many localities while over one lakh people were moved to shelters as 'Nivar' intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm and is closing in on the coast. 

    The severe cyclonic storm Nivar over southwest Bay of Bengal moved west northwards, intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm and lay about 160 km off Chennai and 85 km from Puducherry, the India Meteorological Department said.

    Chennai, Chengelpet, Tiruvallur and Cuddalore districts and Puducherry received heavy rains. Chennai recorded the maximum of 16 cm on Wednesday, while Puducherry received ten cms, the IMD said.

  • November 25, 2020 / 09:20 PM IST

    Cyclone Nivar LIVE Updates | IMD: Very severe cyclonic storm Nivar now lies about 80 km east-southeast of Cuddalore, about 85 km east southeast of Puducherry. Very likely cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram during mid-night of November 25 midnight. 

  • November 25, 2020 / 09:03 PM IST

    Cyclone Nivar LIVE Updates | Following is the latest hourly update from the Puducherry Control Room (Image: Twitter/@LGov_Puducherry):

      Cyclone Nivar LIVE Updates | Following is the latest hourly update from the Puducherry Control Room (Image: Twitter/@LGov_Puducherry):
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  • November 25, 2020 / 08:41 PM IST

    Cyclone Nivar LIVE Updates | 53 Relief Centres have been opened in Chennai so far with over 2,700 people taking refuge in them. Greater Chennai Corporation is additionally providing food to 7,000 people in various parts of the city, says Meghanath Reddy, Deputy Commissioner of the corporation. 

  • November 25, 2020 / 08:26 PM IST

    Cyclone Nivar LIVE Updates | In this video from ANI: Rain lashes Puducherry ahead of the expected landfall of Cyclone Nivar; visuals from Shivaji Statue area.

  • November 25, 2020 / 08:07 PM IST

    Cyclone Nivar LIVE Updates | Over 1L evacuated from TN, Puducherry in view of cyclone Nivar: NDRF DG

    Over one lakh people have been evacuated from the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in order to "tide over the worst challenge" put up by Cyclone Nivar that is expected to make a landfall in the early hours of Thursday, the NDRF chief said on Wednesday.

    The National Disaster Response Force has earmarked a total of 50 teams -- with 30 being deployed on the ground in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh -- in view of the cyclone moving ahead from the Bay of Bengal towards the coastal areas.

    S N Pradhan, the director general of the federal disaster response force, said all preparations have been done to "tide over the worst challenge that is put up by the cyclone".

    "As per latest reports, more than one lakh people have been evacuated across Tamil Nadu and in Puducherry about 1,000-2,000 people have been evacuated by the local authorities and the NDRF," he said.

  • November 25, 2020 / 07:51 PM IST

    Cyclone Nivar LIVE Updates | Cyclone Nivar: Railways cancels over dozen special trains, offers full refund

    The Railways has cancelled over a dozen special trains on November 25 and 26 scheduled to either originate from and terminate in the southern states of the country in view of the impending cyclone Nivar, and offered full refund.

    Owing to the onset of Cyclone NIVAR, Southern Railway has announced cancellation of several special train services to destinations that are likely to be affected by unprecedented rains/cyclonic landfall and to other destinations due to operational difficulties.

    For the trains fully cancelled by Railways in view of Cyclone NIVAR, full refund of fare will be granted on ticket cancellations. The time limit for availing refunds has also been extended to six months from the date of journey, the Railways said.

  • November 25, 2020 / 07:41 PM IST

    Cyclone Nivar LIVE Updates | In this video from ANI: Strong winds blow in Chennai ahead of Cyclone Nirav's expected landfall; visuals from Marina Beach road.

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  • November 25, 2020 / 07:30 PM IST

    Cyclone Nivar LIVE Updates | Cyclone Nivar is expected to make landfall later today, around midnight, or early tomorrow. Here’s what you should do before the cyclone:

    > Make sure your mobile phones, power banks and battery-operated emergency lights are charged.
    > Stay indoors unless absolutely necessary.
    > Listen to the television and radio for warnings and other updates.
    > Bring loose objects outside the house inside.
    > Don't spread or believe rumours.
    > Keep important documents and jewellery in water-proof containers.
    > Keep drinking water in a safe place.
    > Prepare an emergency kit that contains dry food and medicines.

    Source: Guidelines issued by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

  • November 25, 2020 / 07:19 PM IST

    Cyclone Nivar LIVE Updates | Pondy govt declares Thursday as public holiday

    The territorial administration declared on Thursday a public holiday for all departments and educational institutions in Puducherry and Karaikal regions.

    Already, Wednesday was a public holiday. With the cyclonic weather continuing, the administration declared Thursday too as a public holiday for departments and educational institutions.

    The holiday is declared under the Negotiable Instruments Act.

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