Tamil Nadu is bracing for Cyclone Nivar, which is expected to hit its coastal cities on Wednesday. Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, and Karaikal districts were experiencing heavy rainfall on Monday. For more than two days, a low-pressure system has prevailed in the Bay of Bengal, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday. The system had intensified into a depression and lay 630 km south-southeast of Chennai. It is expected to move northwest and cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram on Wednesday, the IMD said.
Tamil Nadu, Puducherry remain on red alert with the possibility of heavy to very heavy rainfall forecast on November 25 whereas an orange alert prevails for Rayalaseema, Telangana, south interior Karnataka and coastal Andhra Pradesh where heavy rain is forecast during November 24 – 26. The fishing community has been warned against venturing into the seas till Wednesday.
The state State Disaster Management Authority listed districts and dates where heavy rainfall warnings have been issued. Heavy rain is expected on November 23 in Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, and Karaikal, in isolated places over Pudukkottai, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Karaikal, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Ariyalur and Perambalu on November 24. All departments including disaster management, revenue, forest, police health services, and rural development in Nagapattinam are on high alert.
In New Delhi, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba reviewed preparations for the cyclone under the aegis of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC). The meeting by video was with the chief secretaries of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The chief secretaries of the states and union territory briefed the NCMC about their preparedness and said the authorities were fully prepared to meet any eventuality.
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The secretaries from the ministries of home, civil aviation, telecommunication, power, shipping and health, the chairman of the Railway Board, the member-secretary of the NDMA, the DG, NDRF and a representative of the Ministry of Defence also informed the NCMC about the arrangements and assistance provided to the states concerned.