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Cyclone Nivar Updates: Cyclone to intensify into severe storm in 12 hrs; Tamil Nadu sees heavy rainfall in areas

Cyclone Nivar Live Updates: Nivar is likely to be a very severe cyclonic storm and will move west-northwestwards in the next 12 hours and intensify further by tomorrow evening with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph.

FP Staff November 24, 2020 21:13:40 IST
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Cyclone Nivar Updates: Cyclone to intensify into severe storm in 12 hrs; Tamil Nadu sees heavy rainfall in areas

According to the weather department, Nivar is likely to be a very severe cyclonic storm and will move west-northwestwards in the next 12 hours

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18:32 (ist)

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Nivar upgraded to 'very severe cyclonic storm', says IMD

According to the weather department, Nivar is likely to be a very severe cyclonic storm and will move west-northwestwards in the next 12 hours and intensify further by November 25 evening with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph. Nivar landfall is expected to occur between Mahabalipuram and Puducherry on November 25 evening.

Meanwhile, 6 NDRF teams moved to Cuddalore from Arakkonam and 2 NDRF teams stationed at Chennai.

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Nov 24, 2020 - 21:21 (IST)

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Flights on Chennai-Trichy route cancelled

Nov 24, 2020 - 21:14 (IST)

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Three flights cancelled, more flights from Chennai airport to affected, say airport authorities 

Due to Cyclone Nivar, flights to and from Chennai airport may get affected. As of now, three flights from Chennai airport stand canceled. The airport has set up a control room where airlines, state administration, and MET dept are coordinating for smooth operations, as per officials from Chennai airport, reports ANI.

Nov 24, 2020 - 21:02 (IST)

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Chennai Metro services to run on ‘holiday timetable’

Amid the approaching cyclonic storm intensifying, the Chennai Metro Rail Limited has announced that train services will be operating as per the ‘Holiday’ timetable on 25 November. The service hours will be from 7 am to 10 pm, with the headway of every 10 minutes.

Nov 24, 2020 - 20:46 (IST)

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TN govt pulling out all stops to ensure no repeat of 2015 floods in city

The Tamil Nadu government is pulling out all stops to ensure no repeat of the 2015 floods in the city, as they mounted a vigil on four reservoirs, anticipating a rapid rise in water levels in view of heavy rains forecast due to cyclone Nivar, likely to cross the state coast on Wednesday.

The administration has taken necessary precautions to release the water in phases and avert flooding, as in 2015, in the event of an upsurge in the storage levels, a senior PWD department official said.

The combined storage level in the reservoirs at Poondi, Cholavaram, Red Hills and Chembarambakkam stood at 64.15 percent or 8.156 TMC ft against the full capacity of 12.713 TMC ft, which is slightly higher compared to the quantum two days ago.

Chembarambakkam which has nearly 80 percent water (21.22 feet against its full level capacity of 24 feet) has become a cause for concern for residents, reminding them of the 2015 deluge.

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Nov 24, 2020 - 20:38 (IST)

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Rahul Gandhi urges people to stay indoors, follow safety measures

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on 24 November urged people to follow safety measures as cyclone Nivar was expected to intensify and hit the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts on 25 November. 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," Gandhi said on Twitter.

-PTI

Nov 24, 2020 - 20:21 (IST)

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Indigo flight operations to and from 4 cities affected

Following heavy rains in the wake of Cyclone Nivar, IndiGo has announced that the operation of flights to and from Chennai, Rajahmundry, Tiruchirapalli and Vijayawada are likely to be affected. 

Nov 24, 2020 - 20:05 (IST)

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Waterlogging seen in many areas of Chennai following rainfall

Nov 24, 2020 - 19:46 (IST)

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Andhra CM asks Collectors to be vigilant in view of cyclone Nivar

With a heavy rainfall of 11-20 cm expected in south coastal and Rayalaseema districts under the influence of cyclone Nivar, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday asked the Collectors to be on a 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 the Collectors of SPS Nellore, Chittoor, and Prakasam districts to concentrate on opening relief camps wherever required for moving people to safety.

Nov 24, 2020 - 19:37 (IST)

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Puducherry govt imposes Section 144

The Puducherry district administration on Tuesday imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 to prevent movement of people in public places. All shops and business establishments have also been directed to be closed from 9 pm on Tuesday to 6 am on Thursday.

“Puducherry is likely to be severely affected by the cyclone and there is a grave danger to life, health and safety of people. This order is not applicable to staff engaged in law and order duty and also to those engaged in essential services such as milk supply, fuel stations and pharmacies,” district collector Purva Garg said.

Nov 24, 2020 - 19:21 (IST)

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Civic body names 77 relief centres in Chennai

With Cyclone Nivar set to make landfall on November 25 evening, the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has identified 77 relief centres that would provide food and shelter to affected persons. Check the complete list here: 

Cyclone Nivar LATEST Updates: According to the weather department, Nivar is likely to be a very severe cyclonic storm and will move west-northwestwards in the next 12 hours and intensify further by November 25 evening with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph.

With a heavy rainfall of 11-20 cm expected in south coastal and Rayalaseema districts under the influence of cyclone Nivar, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday asked the Collectors to be on a high alert and take all necessary precautionary measures to prevent damage.

Nearly 1,200 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescue personnel have been deployed in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry and 800 others are on standby in view of cyclone Nivar, the "very severe cyclonic storm" which is expected to make landfall Wednesday evening.

The Tamil Nadu government has declared a public holiday in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday as the state braces for the cross over of Cyclone Nivar late in the evening of 25 November. As per the government order, only essential services will continue to operate tomorrow.

The NDRF has earmarked 30 teams to launch rescue and relief operations in view of the cyclone Nivar that is expected to hit the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry between Tuesday and Thursday, officials said on Monday.

A senior National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) officer said while 12 teams have been pre-deployed, 18 are on standby in these states and the Union Territory of Puducherry.

These teams will further be deployed in coordination with local authorities for relief and rescue works, including assistance in evacuation of locals from affected areas.

A NDRF team has about 35 to 45 personnel, depending on the task at hand, and they are equipped with tree and pole cutters, basic medicines and other tools to help affected people.

The National Crisis Management Committee, headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, on Monday met and apart from reviewing various measures in view of the cyclone, it also directed various stakeholders, including state governments concerned, to continue to work with an aim of zero loss of life and early restoration of normalcy in affected areas.

Cyclone Nivar is likely to move northwest and cross the north Tamil Nadu coast and south Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday, bringing heavy rains in Chennai, Villupuram, Cuddalore and Puducherry. Nivar is expected to intensify into a cyclone on Tuesday and will likely make landfall on Wednesday afternoon between Tamil Nadu’s Karaikal and Mahabalipuram.

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