Very severe cyclonic storm Nivar to hit TN tonight

Very severe cyclonic storm Nivar to hit TN tonight

Heavy to very heavy rainfall and isolated extremely heavy rainfall are forecast over Ranipet, Tiruvannamalai, Tirupattur and Vellore districts of Tamil Nadu and Chittoor, Kurnool, Prakasam, and Cuddappa districts of Andhra Pradesh and adjoining south-east Telangana on Thursday.

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.

"Owing to the onset of Cyclone NIVAR, Southern Railway has announced cancellation of several special train services to destinations that are likely to be affected by unprecedented rains/cyclonic landfall and to other destinations due to operational difficulties", the Railways said.

"It is very likely to move west-northwestwards for next 12 hours and then northwestwards".

"It is very likely to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram around Puducherry during 25th November late evening as a very severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 120-130 kilometres per hour gusting to 145 kmph", Mohapatra said.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami declared Wednesday a public holiday and said it could be extended. The IMD said a storm surge of about 2m above the sea level is likely around the time of landfall, causing inundation of low-lying areas. A total of 2,537 people have been shifted to relief centres, largely in Ariyalur, Ranipet and Chengalpet regions, he said.

The order also states: "The order shall not apply to agencies/officials of the government involved in the enforcement of the law and order and cyclone duty".

Relief camps have been set up to accommodate about 13 lakh people and eight helicopters were kept ready for any rescue operations, the Minister said. In Puducherry, public gatherings were banned from late Tuesday until early Thursday.

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.

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