After hitting several parts of Chennai and causing heavy rainfall, Cyclone Nivar is about to reach Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Seeing the current situation and water level in the state, the gates of Chembarambakkam lake are opened and Tamil Nadu CM has also declared a state holiday in the state.
However, the holiday is announced for 13 districts of the state. They are Chennai, Cuddalore, Kanchipuram, Thanjavur, Ariyalur, Chengalpattu, Tiruvanamalai, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvallur, and Perambur. These districts will have a holiday tomorrow i.e. 26 November.
Latest Updates On Cyclone Nivar
Here’s a short clip of water release into the Adyar river.
— ANI (@ANI) November 25, 2020
‘The India Meteorological Department’ says that the cyclone can hit the coast between Puducherry and Tamil Nadu either Wednesday midnight or Thursday early morning.
Neighboring states are put on high alert as the storm is surging from the Bay of Bengal to the coastal areas. The National Disaster Response Force is preparing to control the flooding.
Tamil Nadu CM has also requested people not to go outside until the situations come under control. CM Edappadi K Palaniswami himself is reviewing the situation from the Chembarambakkam Lake.
In addition to this, flights and trains coming to the state or likely to cross the coastal areas are also canceled. Around 24 flights from the Chennai Airport have been canceled. 49 IndioGo flights are also canceled due to the cyclone.
The Greater Chennai Corporation advised people living near the coastal areas to move to safer places. Cooking and relief centers are also open to the affected people as Puducherry is going to be affected severely by the strong winds and heavy rainfall.
Cyclone Nivar is put in the category of ‘very severe’ cyclone. It is going to cause heavy damage to life and property in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and neighboring areas.
25 teams from the National Disaster Response Force have been thus deployed to safely shift the people to safe areas and help in every possible way.