Due to the low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal, there is a threat of Cyclone “Nivar” in South Indian states especially Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. According to the meteorological department’s estimate, ‘Nirvana’ is likely to hit Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Wednesday evening, with rains continuing in Tamil Nadu since last night. While reaches the storm in the state it can also be accompanied with strong winds at a speed of about 120 km per hour ..
For the cyclonic storm ‘Nivar’, the District Magistrate in Puducherry has decided to implement Section 144 from 9 pm to 6 am tonight. In this order, section 144 will be applicable in the entire Puducherry region on November 26, during which all shops and institutions will remain closed. Only essential services like milk, petrol pumps and medicine shops will operate during this period.
The administration has made preparations to reduce the potential damage such as falling of trees, power supply being disrupted , communication lines disrupted. The effort is to minimize the loss from ‘Nivar’.
Tamil Nadu Revenue Minister RB Udayakumar said, ‘There is a possibility that heavy rains may occur due to the effect of Nivar. Our monitoring officers are monitoring the situation and are on alert.
Six teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have already reached Cuddalore district, two are in Tamil Nadu capital Chennai.
Cyclone ‘Nivar’ is currently centered 450 km southeast of Chennai and it could turn into a severe cyclone in the next 24 hours.
Due to the area of low pressure on the Bay of Bengal, special precaution is being taken in the states of South India and all possible measures are being taken to reduce the possible catastrophe caused by the Nivar.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held talks with Tamil Nadu CM E. Palaniswami and CM P Narayanasamy of Puducherry in view of the threat of ‘Navar’ storm and assured them of all possible cooperation from the Center.
Bus service in seven districts including Pudukottal, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur have been suspended from 1 pm onwards.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E. Palaniswami has appealed to the people of the state to stay at home and travel by private vehicles only when it is very important. The State Disaster Management Department has asked people to keep adequate arrangements for food, drinking water and batteries.
Cuddalore Collector Chandrasekhar told , ‘Precaution related to covid-19 will be taken care of during the relief work. To make people safer, 400 long boats and 1500 wooden log boats have been arranged. 500 people living in low-lying areas have already been shifted to relief camps.’