Cyclone Nivar : 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 SN 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.
“We are keeping a close watch on the development and we are coordinating with the affected states,” he was quoted as saying. It is a rapidly developing situation and it could take the shape of a very severe cyclonic storm that has a speed of about 120-130 km per hour.”
The Tamil Nadu government has declared a public holiday in the state on Wednesday as it braces for the crossover of Cyclone Nivar late in the evening on November 25. As per the government order, only essential services will continue to operate on Wednesday in Tamil Nadu.
Severe cyclonic storm: IMD
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclone Nivar is likely to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram late in the evening on November 25. The IMD said that the cyclone will cross as a severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph.
The storm lay centered over southwest Bay of Bengal near latitude 10.0°N and longitude 82.6°E, about 370 km east-southeast of Puducherry and 420 km south-southeast of Chennai at 2.30 pm on Tuesday. The IMD has suggested complete suspension of fishing activity in the west-southwest regions of the Bay of Bengal till November 25. Section 144 has been imposed in Puducherry to prevent loss of life and ensure the safety of the public.