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Cyclone Nivar, Weather Forecast Highlights: Tamil Nadu, Puducherry on alert; NDRF deploys 1200 rescue troopers

Cyclone Nivar, Weather Forecast November 23, 24 Highlights: Cyclone Nivar is likely to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram late in the evening on November 25.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: November 25, 2020 10:39:19 am
Fishermen cover their boats at Marina Beach during heavy rain, triggered by Cyclone Nivar,in Chennai, Tuesday. (PTI Photo)

Cyclone Nivar, Weather Forecast November 23, 24 Highlights: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday said the severe cyclonic storm Nivar over southwest Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 6 kmph during past six hours and lay centred at 0230 hrs IST over southwest Bay of Bengal. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards for the next six hours and then northwestwards. It added that Cyclone Nivar is very likely to intensify further into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during the next 12 hours. It is expected to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram during November 25 late evening as a very severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph

Almost 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. NDRF chief S N 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.

READ | Cyclone Nivar: How Tamil Nadu is bracing for another storm

The National Crisis Management Committee Tuesday took stock of the status of the storm and assured the affected states of all possible help, including the early release of disaster relief fund. 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.

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

Also Read | Cyclone Nivar: Some dos and don’ts to stay safe before, during and after landfall

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Cyclone Nivar, Weather Forecast November 23, 24 Highlights: Complete suspension of fishing activity in the west-southwest regions of the Bay of Bengal till November 25. Section 144 imposed in Puducherry to prevent loss of life. Holiday declared in Tamil Nadu tomorrow. Also read Karnataka Bengaluru news

07:16 (IST)25 Nov 2020
Cyclone Nivar likely to intensify into very severe cyclonic storm

The Severe Cyclonic Storm NIVAR over southwest Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 6 kmph during past six hours and lay centred at 0230 hrs IST of 25th November, 2020 over southwest Bay of Bengal. It is very likely to intensify further into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during the next 12 hours. It is very likely to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram during the night of 25th November as a very severe cyclonic storm with wind speed 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph.

07:12 (IST)25 Nov 2020
Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy holds review meeting to take stock of preparedness

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy held a review meeting to take stock of the preparedness in view of Cyclone Nivar.

04:55 (IST)25 Nov 2020
Cyclone Nivar intensified into "Severe Cyclonic Storm"
23:29 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Chennai witnessed nearly 12 hours of heavy rainfall today
23:24 (IST)24 Nov 2020
NCMC reviews preparedness for very severe cyclone Nivar; assures help to TN, Andhra, Puducherry

The NCMC on Tuesday took stock of the status of the "very severe cyclonic storm" 'Nivar' that is expected to hit coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Wednesday, and assure the states of all possible help, including the early release of disaster relief fund. The National Crisis Management Committee (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. (PTI)

22:05 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Cyclone Nivar very likely to intensify into a 'severe' cyclonic storm during next 6 hours
21:59 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Storm influenced rain leads to traffic congestion, inundation

Several roads and intersections witnessed traffic congestion and waterlogging here on Tuesday in view of the intermittent rains influenced by the cyclonic storm 'Nivar.' The government, meanwhile, said following better storage in city's reservoirs, drinking water supply in the metropolis is set to be increased effective Wednesday.

Anna Salai, GST Road and Kathipara junction were among the locations that witnessed traffic snarls and several places came under sheets of water and vehicles moved at a slow pace.

While social media users shared videos of flooded roads like the Tiru-Vi-Ka Salai and Wall Tax Road, stagnant rain water at locations including the Kathipara point was pumped out by Chennai Corporation workers and they also removed 90 uprooted trees.

Police teams patrolled the city roads and people who turned up at the popular city and suburban beaches like the Marina and Neelangarai were dispersed by police personnel. Meanwhile, Municipal Administration Minister S P Velumani visited the Greater Chennai Corporation's control room at the Rippon Building headquartes for a review meet and flagged off a 'Mobile Command and Control Centre' van as part of measures to tackle the situation.

21:53 (IST)24 Nov 2020
WATCH: Former TN Chief Minister Kalaignar Karunanidhi's house flooded
20:39 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Tamil Nadu 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 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 per cent 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 per cent 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.

"Even if rains were to lash the metro, owing to the approaching cyclone, causing the water to rise sharply, there should not be any threat," a senior PWD official claimed. When the issue was taken up with Commissioner of Revenue Administration, K Phanindra Reddy, he said the inflow into Chembarambakkam lake would be around 6,500 cusecs only when there are heavy rains and this can be easily diverted to Adyar river, which has a capacity to carry 60,000 cusecs water.

"People need not harbour fears about flooding," he said. Further, necessary precautions have been taken to release the water in phases and not cause flooding,as in 2015, he told reporters here. Reddy said people would be intimated in advance about the release of water from Chembarambakkam lake, if the government decides to do so.

20:12 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Rahul Gandhi urges people to stay indoors, follow safety measures

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

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 November 25, the IMD said.

19:56 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Indian Navy on standby for rescue and relief operations

As the cyclonic storm Nivar is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm, the Indian Navy is kept on standby for rescue and relief operations.

19:13 (IST)24 Nov 2020
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 Y S 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 Collectors of SPS Nellore, Chittoor and Prakasam districts to concentrate on opening relief camps wherever required for moving people to safety.

18:30 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Cyclone Nivar has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm: RMC director

S Balachandran, the Deputy Director of the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Chennai said that Cyclone Nivar has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and is currently moving at a speed of 5 km per hour. 

18:25 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Cyclone Nivar: Indigo flight operations to and from 4 cities affected

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

18:18 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Flight between Chennai and Tiruchirapalli cancelled

An Indigo flight which was scheduled to fly between Chennai and Tiruchirapalli at 8.30 pm today has been cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. 

18:10 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Cyclone Nivar: 12 trains fully cancelled on November 25

Following heavy rainfall across coastal and north interior Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry in the wake of Cyclone Nivar, the Southern Railway has fully cancelled 12 trains on November 25.

Here are the details of the cancelled trains:

  • Train No. 02613/02614: Chennai Egmore - Madurai - Chennai Egmore Special Train
  • Train No. 02636/02635: Madurai - Chennai Egmore - Madurai Special Train
  • Train No. 02605/02606: Chennai Egmore - Karaikkudi - Chennai Egmore Special Train
  • Train No. 02661/02662: Chennai Egmore - Sengottai - Chennai Egmore Special Train
  • Train No. 02632/02631: Tirunelveli - Chennai Egmore - Tirunelveli Special Train
  • Train No. 02694/02693: Tuticorin - Chennai Egmore - Tuticorin Special Train
  • Train No. 02633/02634: Chennai Egmore - Kanyakumari - Chennai Egmore Special Train
  • Train No. 06723/06724: Chennai Egmore - Kollam - Chennai Egmore Special Train
  • Train No. 02206/02205: Rameswaram - Chennai Egmore - Rameswaram Special Train
  • Train No. 06101/06102: Chennai Egmore - Kollam - Chennai Egmore Special Train
  • Train No. 02638/02637: Madurai - Chennai Egmore - Madurai Special Train
17:52 (IST)24 Nov 2020
GCC identifies 77 relief centres in Chennai to provide food to those affected

With Cyclone Nivar set to cross between Karaikal and Mamallapuram on November 25 evening, the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has identified 77 cooking/relief centres to provide food and accommodate affected citizens.

Parts of Chennai are expected to receive heavy rainfall tomorrow in the wake of the cyclone.

17:29 (IST)24 Nov 2020
22 NDRF teams positioned at likely to be affected areas in TN, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh

With Cyclone Nivar set to cross the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts on November 25, 22 NDRF teams have been pre-positioned at likely to be affected areas in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh. Twelve teams have been deployed in Tamil Nadu, three in Puducherry and seven in Andhra Pradesh, while teams have also been kept on reserve at Guntur, Thrissur and Mundili to meet additional requirements.

The teams are all equipped with wireless and satellite communication, tree cutters, pole cutters and PPE kits.

The NDRF teams are working in coordination with the respective district and local administration and are assisting in the evacuation of people from areas that are likely to be affected, in addition to creating awareness on cyclone do's and don'ts.

17:28 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Rahul Gandhi urges Congress workers to provide assistance to public

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi urged his party men to provide assistance to those in need. Taking to Twitter, he wrote "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."

17:18 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Suburban train services cancelled in Chennai from 10 am tomorrow

With Cyclone Nivar set to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm on Wednesday, suburban train services in Chennai have been cancelled from 10 am on November 25. 

pvr cinema halls reopening The order calls for sanitisation of entire premises, particularly common areas, after every screening. (Express photo by Mimansa Shekhar)

Telangana government Monday allowed reopening of cinema halls, multiplexes, theatres, etc., located outside containment zones, with 50 per cent occupancy. A government order for this, effective immediately, was issued by Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar.

READ | Telangana: Cinema halls allowed to open with 50% occupancy

Managements of these places have to make sure that all persons –– audience, staff, vendors, etc. –– use masks all the time, and hand sanitizers are kept available at the entry and exit points and common areas.

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A couple of weeks ago, Thavasi released a video message, seeking financial assistance for his cancer treatment. Thavasi was known for movies like Kizhakku Cheemayile, Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam, Rajini Murugan and Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai among others. He was also seen in the TV show Rasathi.

For lodging complaints regarding issues left in the wake of Cylone Nivar, citizens can contact the Greater Chennai Corporation's (GCC) cyclone helplines 044 25384530 or 044 25384540 or the control room 1913 (available 24x7) | For assistance on COVID-19-related queries and mental health support in Chennai, citizens can contact the GCC's COVID-19 helpline 044 46122300 | Citizens can find the nearest GCC-facilitated COVID-19 fever clinic here | For lodging rain-related complaints and assistance during the monsoon, citizens can contact the GCC's monsoon helplines 044 25384530 or 044 25384540 or the control room 1913 (available 24x7)

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