A state-wide public holiday has been announced on Wednesday by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami ahead of Cyclone Nivar. Aside from essential activities, all government offices in Tamil Nadu will be closed on 27th November. The Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram have been expected to be crossed by the cyclone tomorrow evening.
“The severe cyclonic storm is expected to cross between Karaikal and Mamallapuram around Puducherry by tomorrow evening. Under the influence of this cyclone, rainfall is expected to continue up to 27th November in Tamil Nadu,” S Balachandran, IMD Chennai said.
According to the IMD, the cyclone has a wind speed of 100-110 kmph and gusting to 120 kmph. Heavy rainfall is expected in the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu between 23-26 November. “Extremely heavy rainfall expected in coastal and north interior Tamil Nadu districts on November 25. The most vulnerable zone is north Tamil Nadu districts,” Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director General (DG), IMD said today.
A team of disaster rescue and swimmers has been put on standby. “Total 22 teams available on the ground and eight teams on standby. Total 30 teams committed to tackling the cyclone,” DG stated. As a precautionary measure Section 144 has been imposed in Puducherry beginning Tuesday night, prohibiting that assembly of more than four people. The prohibitions are expected to continue till the morning of November 26, according to the Puducherry’s District Magistrate.
Due to the severe weather conditions, several train services from Chennai, especially those heading towards the Southern Districts have been fully cancelled for November 25th. All private omnibus services have been ordered to stop operations in Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur and Cuddalore from Tuesday afternoon.
All possible support from the centre has been promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I pray for the safety and well-being of those living in the affected areas,” he tweeted.
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