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Cyclone Nivar Updates: Landfall process begins, eye of storm to cross coast near Puducherry in three hours: IMD

Cyclone Nivar Updates: 'Very severe cyclonic storm Nivar now lies about 50 km east-southeast of Cuddalore, about 40 km east southeast of Puducherry,' said the Met department in its 10.30 pm bulletin

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Cyclone Nivar Updates: Landfall process begins, eye of storm to cross coast near Puducherry in three hours: IMD

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NDRF assigns 25 teams in Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Puducherry

Randeep Rana, DIG NDRF told ANI that 25 NDRF teams were assigned, 15 in Tamil Nadu, 4 in Puducherry and 6 in Andhra Pradesh. "Cyclone is weakening gradually but it has potential to cause further damage. Precautionary measures being taken," he added.

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Nov 26, 2020 - 18:00 (IST)

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Tamil Nadu CM distributes relief material in Cuddalore

Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami visited a relief camp in Devanampattinam of Cuddalore district to meet people affected by Cyclone Nivar. EPS also distributed relief materials among them, reports ANI.

Nov 26, 2020 - 17:47 (IST)

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As Cyclone Nivar weakens, fisherfolk hope to return to sea

As ''very severe'' cyclonic storm Nivar, which crossed the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Wednesday, weakened into ''severe'' cyclonic storm, the fisherfolk hope to return to their work soon even as the disaster has not affected the community much.

The very severe cyclonic storm Nivar, which originated in Southwest Bay of Bengal moved northwest direction and crossed Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts with a wind speed of 9 kmph from 11:30 pm on Wednesday night to 2:30 pm today, IMD informed.

"We are happy that cyclone did not affect us. A day ahead, we shifted all our boats and fishing net to a safe zone. Each boat costs ₹ 2 lakh and a bundle of fishing net is for ₹ 70,000. We are thankful to God that our property is safe now," Sakthi Vel, one of the fishermen from Puducherry''s Eraiyanur village, told ANI.

Nov 26, 2020 - 17:19 (IST)

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Torrential rains in Andhra Pradesh leave one dead

Normal life was thrown out of gear as heavy to extremely heavy rainfall ranging from 6 cm to 30 cm battered at least half of Andhra Pradesh under the influence of cyclone Nivar, leaving one dead.

Another farmer was feared washed away while NDRF personnel rescued two others from a reservoir in Chittoor district.

According to the State Disaster Management Authority, SPS Nellore, Chittoor, Kadapa, Krishna, Prakasam and East Godavari districts received heavy to extremely heavy rainfall at more than 177 places. Other districts like Anantapuramu, Kurnool, Guntur and West Godavari were also receiving moderate to heavy rainfall under Nivars impact. 

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Nov 26, 2020 - 16:58 (IST)

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DMK President M K Stalin visits Velachery area in Chennai

DMK President M K Stalin on November 26 visited Velachery area in Chennai and reviewed the situation in water-logged & residential areas, affected by Cyclone Nivar. Stalin also distributed food and clothes to the locals, reports news agency ANI.

Nov 26, 2020 - 16:42 (IST)

Cyclone Nivar LATEST Updates

NDRF assigns 25 teams in Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Puducherry

Randeep Rana, DIG NDRF told ANI that 25 NDRF teams were assigned, 15 in Tamil Nadu, 4 in Puducherry and 6 in Andhra Pradesh. "Cyclone is weakening gradually but it has potential to cause further damage. Precautionary measures being taken," he added.

Nov 26, 2020 - 16:12 (IST)

Cyclone Nivar LATEST Updates

IMD predicts heavy rainfall over coastal parts of Tamil Nadu, Andhra and Telangana

As per the IMD, heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places likely over north Tamil Nadu, remaining districts of Andhra Pradesh and southeast Telangana today. Fishermen are advised not to venture into SE and adjacent WC Bay of Bengal along & off TN-Puducherry and south AP coast till tonight, reports MoneyControl.

Nov 26, 2020 - 15:38 (IST)

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Southern Railway resumes suburban train services

The Southern Railway has resumed the suburban train services on a limited basis, The Hindu reported. The press release said, "The Workmen Suburban train services, which was suspended earlier in view of Cyclone Nivar, would be operated from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m."

"Train services in three routes including Chennai Moore Market Complex – Arakkonam, Chennai Moore Market Complex – Gummudipoondi and Chennai Beach-Chengalpattu would be operated every one hour in up and down directions," the report added.

Nov 26, 2020 - 15:28 (IST)

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NDRF personnel conduct rescue and relief ops in Puducherry

Nov 26, 2020 - 15:05 (IST)

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Nivar weakens into cyclonic storm

The severe cyclonic storm Nivar weakened into a cyclonic storm over coastal Tamil Nadu and it is set to further weaken into a deep depression, the India Meteorological Department said on Thursday.

"Severe cyclonic storm Nivar weakened into a cyclonic storm over north coastal Tamil Nadu. The cyclonic storm Nivar would continue to move northwestwards and weaken further into a deep depression during next 06 hours and into a depression by subsequent 06 hours," the IMD said on its twitter handle.

Very severe cyclonic storm Nivar made landfall near Puducherry in the wee hours of today even as heavy rains lashed Tamil Nadu and the union territory leading to inundation and uprooting of trees.

Nivar also weakened into a severe cyclonic storm after it crossed coast near Puducherry.

Nov 26, 2020 - 14:33 (IST)

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Tamil Nadu CM visits water-logged areas in Chennai

Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam visits water-logged areas in Chennai to review the situation after heavy rains battered the state

Cyclone Nivar Updates: As per the IMD's 10.30 pm bulletin, Nivar touched the coast and has started the landfall process. "Very severe cyclonic storm Nivar now lies about 50 km east-southeast of Cuddalore, about 40 km east southeast of Puducherry. Centre of cyclone to cross coast near Puducherry  within next 3 hours," it said

In its 9.30 pm bulletin, the IMD said that the very severe cyclonic storm lay 60 km east of Cuddalore and 55 km southeast of Puducherry. It would likely cross the coast close to Puducherry around midnight and the landfall proess is expected to start in an hour, as per the bulletin.

Very severe cyclonic storm Nivar is likely to cross the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram around Puducherry at midnight says, IMD. According to the Met department, Nivar now lies about 80 km east-southeast of Cuddaloreand and about 85 km east southeast of Puducherry.

Cyclone Nivar, a “very severe cyclonic storm”, is likely to make landfall between midnight and the early hours of Thursday, between Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu and Karaikal in Puducherry.

The National Disaster Response Force has deployed 30 teams on the ground in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Andhra Pradesh as the cyclone moves ahead from the Bay of Bengal towards the coastal areas

Over one lakh people have been evacuated across Tamil Nadu and more than 1,000 people have been evacuated in Puducherry, says NDRF Director-General SN Pradhan

Cyclone Nivar has intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm and lay centered about 90 km east-southeast of Cuddalore and 150 km east-southeast of Puducherry, according to IMD

Chennai Metro Rail has said that the last Metro Train Services today (25.11.2020) from all terminals will leave at 07.00 pm so as to end the train operations at 08.00 pm. Train service will resume tomorrow depending on the weather conditions.

Due to Cyclone Nivar aircraft operations at AAI Chennai Airport will remain suspended from 1900hrs of 25.11.2020 (today) to 0700hrs of 26.11.2020 (tomorrow), reports ANI. The decision has been taken considering the safety aspect of passengers and the severity of approching Cyclone.

The Puducherry government has said the administrative machinery is fully geared up to meet any exigency arising out of the situation. The union territory has been experiencing intermittent moderate rain influenced by the cyclonic storm.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday announced a public holiday in 13 districts of the state for Thursday. The Indian Meteorological Department, meanwhile, said that most of the impact of Cyclone Nivar will be felt in Puducherry.

IMD Director General of Meteorology Mrutyunjay Mohapatra told ANI that the maximum impact of the cyclone will be felt in Puducherry. “Cyclone Nivar is gradually intensifying,” he says. “It could cause structural damage, uprooting of trees, damage to thatched/tin houses and damage to banana and paddy crops.”

For the first time in around five years, the gates of the reservoir has been opened. Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami visited the area as the gates were being opened.

PWD officials said they would release water from the Chembarambakkam reservoir at the rate of 1,000 cusecs by noon on Wednesday as Chennai and surrounding areas received heavy rains since Tuesday night due to cyclone Nivar.

A yellow alert has been sounded by the IMD in Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Tumakuru, Ramanagara, Mandya, Mysuru, and Chamarajanagara districts due to the impact of the cyclone Nivar today and tomorrow.

NDRF chief SN Pradhan told PTI that they are prepared for a "high level of intensity and the worst form" of the cyclonic storm as it surges from the Bay of Bengal towards the southern coastline.

Cyclone Nivar is expected to intensify into a 'very severe cyclonic storm' and cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram on the late evening of 25 November, IMD director general Mrutunjay Mohapatra said on Tuesday.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had initially predicted that Cyclone Nivar was likely to intensify into a 'severe cyclonic storm' but has now estimated that it will intensify further.

Nivar is the second cyclone in the Bay of Bengal this year.

In May, Cyclone Amphan had developed into a 'super cyclonic storm'. "Our forecast is it will intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm by (Tuesday) tonight. It is very likely to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram around Puducherry during 25 November late evening as a very severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 120 to 130 kilometres per hour gusting to 145 kmph," Mohapatra said.

Besides strong winds, the cyclone is also expected to bring heavy rains. The IMD has issued red alert for coastal and north interior Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal, for 25 November, the top meteorologist said.

"Isolated extremely heavy rainfall activity also very likely over coastal and north interior Tamil Nadu and Puducherry (Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Karaikal, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Ariyalur and Perabalu districts during 24th and Kadalur, Kallakurchi, Puducherry, Villupuram, Tiruvannamalai, Chengalpattu to Ariyalur, Perambalur and Karaikal districts during 25) and over Nellore and Chittoor districts of Andhra Pradesh on 25 and over Rayalseema and southeast Telangana on 26 November," the IMD said.

He added that cyclone leads to multi-hazard scenario. In event of the cyclone, there could be serious damage to thatched huts, disruption of power and communication lines, damage to roads, uprooting of trees. There could be damage to horticulture crops like banana and papaya.

The IMD has also suggested total suspension of fishing operations and motorboats and small boats, shifting of people residing in coastal areas to safer places, judicious regulation of road, air and rail traffic. He said the IMD will issue hourly updates from 25 November when the cyclone crosses the coast.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday spoke to the chief ministers of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry regarding the situation in the wake of Cyclone Nivar and assured them of all possible support from the Centre.

In a tweet, the prime minister said, "Spoke to Tamil Nadu CM Shri @EPSTamilNadu and Puducherry CM Shri @VNarayanasami regarding the situation in the wake of Cyclone Nivar. Assured all possible support from the Centre. I pray for the safety and well-being of those living in the affected areas."

NCMC takes stock of cyclone

The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) on Tuesday took stock of the status of the cyclone and assured the states of all possible help, including the early release of disaster relief fund. The NCMC, headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, also directed all concerned to continue work aiming at zero loss of life and early restoration of normalcy in the affected areas that include power and telecommunications networks, an official spokesperson said.

The NCMC reviewed the status of impending cyclone Nivar at a meeting held through video-conferencing with the chief secretaries of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The chief secretaries of the three states, directors general of India Meteorological Department and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) briefed the NCMC about their preparedness and mentioned that the authorities are fully prepared to meet any eventuality.

The chief of the NDRF said so far 30 teams of the force have been deployed in the three states, while 20 more teams have been kept on standby for immediate deployment. A team of NDRF comprises of about 40 personnel.

The NCMC was also informed that about 15 districts of the three states are expected to hit by the cyclone and several thousand people living along the coastline have been shifted to shelter houses, the spokesperson said. The cabinet secretary assured the chief secretaries all necessary assistance, and Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla conveyed that the required financial assistance from the National Disaster Relief Fund will be released on Wednesday.

The cabinet secretary also asked everyone to circulate the Do's and Don'ts to the people living along the coastal areas asking them to stay calm, ignore rumours, keep mobile phones charged, listen to radio, not to enter damaged buildings, leave home for safer places if current house is not secured and switch off the main power connection, among others. The meeting was informed about the coordination between the NDRF and other agencies to meet this challenge.

The director general of the India Meteorological Department made a presentation on the present situation and mentioned that the status is being shared with the state governments concerned. It was stressed in the meeting that the advisories issued to the fishermen asking them not to go into the sea should be strictly implemented, the spokesperson said.

The secretaries of various central government ministries and departments attended the meeting.

Nearly 1,200 NDRF personnel deployed

Nearly 1,200 NDRF rescue personnel have been deployed in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry and 800 others are on standby. NDRF chief SN Pradhan also said they are prepared for a "high level of intensity and the worst form" of the cyclonic storm as it surges from the Bay of Bengal and marches towards the southern coastline.

"We are keeping a close watch on the development and we are coordinating with the affected states," he told a press conference. "It is a rapidly developing situation and it could take the shape of a very severe cyclonic storm that has a speed of about 120-130 km per hour."

The cyclone may bring fairly widespread to widespread rainfall and thunderstorm in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema and Telangana. The IMD has advised fishermen not to venture into southwest and adjoining west central and southeast Bay of Bengal, Gulf of Mannar and along and off Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts. Also the fishermen out at the sea are advised to return to the coast.

'Stay indoors, stay safe'

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday urged people to follow safety measures, He also urged people to stay indoors and asked Congress workers to provide assistance wherever needed.

"Cyclone Nivar is making its presence felt in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and parts of Andhra Pradesh. Please follow all safety measures. I appeal to all Congress workers to provide assistance to those in need. Stay indoors, stay safe," Rahul said on Twitter.

Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday asked the Collectors to be on high alert and take all necessary precautionary measures to prevent damage. The chief minister held a video conference with Collectors of SPS Nellore, Prakasam, Guntur, Krishna, Chittoor, Kadapa, Kurnool and Anantapuramu districts and reviewed the situation in view of the cyclone.

Though the cyclone would make its landfall in Tamil Nadu, heavy rains were likely in south coastal and Rayalaseema districts from Wednesday evening, the chief minister said. "About 11-20 cm of rainfall is expected in SPS Nellore, Chittoor, parts of Kadapa, coastal areas of Prakasam, Kurnool and Anantapuramu districts.

Winds with speed ranging from 65-75 kmph are also likely. We have to be geared up for this," the chief minister told the Collectors. Jagan asked Collectors of SPS Nellore, Chittoor and Prakasam districts to concentrate on opening relief camps wherever required for moving people to safety.

Prime focus should be on preventing loss of lives and damage to properties, he added. Jagan pointed out that reservoirs and tanks were filled to the brim due to heavy rains in October.

Fresh rains could cause breaches to tanks and hence they should be constantly monitored and precautionary measurestaken to prevent breaches. He also directed the officials to keep NDRF and SDRF teams ready to attend to any emergency.

Meanwhile, the State Disaster Management Commissioner K Kanna Babu said in a release that two teams of SDRF and one of NDRF were positioned in SPS Nellore district while SDRF teams were also sent to Prakasam and Chittoor districts.

With inputs from PTI

 

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