Cyclone NIVAR : Heavy rains begin in Tamil Nadu-Puducherry, may cause devastation today

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New Delhi : Cyclonic storm Nivar can wreak havoc in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry today. Its effect has started appearing in the coastal area of Puducherry, where there was huge movement in the sea today i.e. Wednesday morning. By this afternoon, it could form a terrible cyclonic storm. Hurricane Nivar will cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast between Karaikal and Mahabalipuram, moving in a west-northwest direction for the next 12 hours. Its speed is expected to increase from 120-130 km to 140 km per hour.

Chief of Meteorological Department Mrutyunjay Mohapatra has already said that there is a possibility of extremely heavy rainfall in coastal and northern Tamil Nadu districts on 25 November. The most sensitive area is considered to be the northern Tamil Nadu district.

It has been raining in Chennai in Tamil Nadu. Chennai and Meenambakkam have received 120 mm of rain since yesterday morning.

Around 1,200 NDRF rescuers and 800 others deployed in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry are on standby for the cyclone prevention. In view of the cyclone, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba held a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) through video conferencing. Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh and many ministers attended it.

The storm is expected to witness heavy to very heavy rainfall in Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Karaikal, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Ariyalur and Perambalur, Kallakurichi, Puducherry, Villupuram, Tiruvannamalai and Chengalpattu between Wednesday and Thursday. Fishermen have already been instructed not to go to sea.

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