The India Meteorological Department has said that Cyclone Nivar is likely to hit the coast of Puducherry and Tamil Nadu coast on Wednesday between 8pm and midnight.
The World Meteorological Organisation’s panel prepared a list that suggests the cyclonic storm Nivar is expected to make a landfall between Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu and Karaikal district in the Puducherry region. The name Nivar was suggested by Iran.
Reports said, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Puducherry and Chennai are expected to be among the worst hit regions.The cyclone live tracker suggests that Nivar has been stagnant for three hours, while earlier it was moving at a speed of 5 km per hour. The cyclone is expected to arrive with winds gusting at up to 120 km per hour.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswamy and Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasami and assured all the support from the Centre.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu CM has declared a statewide public holiday in the wake of cyclone Nivar. As many as 4,133 vulnerable locations have been identified and the district magistrates have been advised to take appropriate measures to ensure people’s safety, he added. The CM said 3,146 cyclone shelters have been made and people accommodated there would be provided with all necessary items, including milk for children.
Section 144 has been imposed in Puducherry.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan Singh has tweeted that Fishing activities in the region have been suspended. Judicious regulation of rail, road & air traffic have been imposed. NDRF teams have been deployed across districts expected to be affected. He also requested people in affected areas to follow government advisories & stay inside.
NDRF chief S N Pradhan has said nearly 1,200 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescue personnel have been deployed in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh and 800 others are on standby in view of cyclone Nivar.