Cyclone Nivar LIVE: Sec 144 revoked in Puducherry; three dead in Tamil Nadu

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An man walks on a flooded street. Heavy rainfall from cyclone Nivar has caused flooding in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Photo: Shutterstock
Cyclone Nivar update: Cyclone Nivar made a late-night landfall near Puducherry. The tropical storm has further weakened into a deep depression, centered about 50 km west-southwest of Tirupati at 1430 hrs, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. A prohibitory order under section 144 CrPC, that was in force in Puducherry since November 24, was lifted today.

The IMD has also issued an amber-coloured warning (second most dangerous in the list) for coastal Andhra Pradesh on Friday.

Cyclone Nivar, which hit the Tamil Nadu coast as a 'very severe cyclonic storm' in the early hours of Thursday, brought heavy rains over the state. At least three people were killed in Tamil Nadu, over 1,000 trees uprooted and some low-lying areas marooned due to water-logging following heavy rains.

The Chennai airport has suspended operations in view of the Cyclone Nivar. The airport authority announced on Wednesday evening that aircraft operations at the Chennai airport would remain suspended from today evening (7 pm) to tomorrow morning (7 am).

Authorities in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have taken a slew of measures to handle the situation arising out of the cyclonic storm, which has led to heavy rainfall in several regions.

The Railways has cancelled over a dozen special trains on November 25 and 26 scheduled to either originate from and terminate in the southern states of the country in view of the impending cyclone Nivar, and offered full refund.

 
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Three killed, over 1,000 trees uprooted in TN as Nivar crosses coast near Pondy

At least three people were killed in Tamil Nadu, over 1,000 trees uprooted and some low-lying areas marooned due to water-logging following heavy rains on Thursday as severe cyclonic storm Nivar made landfall near Puducherry.
 
Subsequently, Nivar weakened into a cyclonic storm and further into a deep depression, centered about 50 km west-southwest of Tirupati at 1430 hrs, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said.
 
According to IMD, it is to weaken into a depression during the next six hours.
 
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh also received good rains under the influence of the weather system.
 
In Tamil Nadu, about 2.30 lakh people have been accommodated in relief camps following the cyclone, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami said.
 
Earlier, heavy rains lashed Tamil Nadu and Puducherry as Nivar made landfall in the early hours,leading to inundation and uprooting of trees.
 
Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted, "We are closely monitoring the situation in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the wake of Cyclone Nivar.

Cyclone Nivar LIVE: We're assessing damage, funds will be released accordingly, says TN CM

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami visited several cyclone-hit areas of Cuddalore district in Tamil Nadu and assured relief fund after assessing total damage caused by cyclone Nivar. "Around 52,000 people stayed in camps that were set up in Cuddalore. A total of 77 electric poles were uprooted that have been cleared, 1500 hectares of farmland have been damaged in the district. We're assessing the damage. Funds will be released accordingly," Chief Minister said. Palaniswami acknowledged Home Miniter Amit Shah's concern and assurance for every possible assistance to the state during this critical time.


"Hon'ble Union Home Minister Amit Shah Ji, today enquired on the Nivar rescue and relief operations in Tamil Nadu and has assured all possible assistance and help from the centre," he tweeted. According to NDRF officials, twenty-five teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were deployed across Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Andhra Pradesh in view of Cyclone Nivar. The CM visited Reddysawadi area in Cuddalore where banana crops were severely damaged.

Moderate to light rain across Karnataka: KSNDMC

Widespread light to moderate rains with isolated heavy rains likely over Kolar & Chikkaballapura dist & scattered light to moderate rains likely over Mysuru & Chamarajanagara dist & isolated very light to light rains likely over remaining districts of the region: KSNDMC

Cyclone Nivar LIVE: 80% electricity to be restored today, says Tamil Nadu minister

80% of electricity connection will be restored by today. Electricity Board has incurred a loss of Rs 1.5 crore due to Nivar Cylone: P Thangamani, Tamil Nadu Minister for Electricity

Cyclone Nivar LIVE: Met dept puts Bengaluru on Yellow alert for next 2 days

The India Meteorological Department on Thursday issued a yellow alert in Bengaluru and surrounding districts on November 26 and 27. Cyclone Nivar - the second cyclone to form over the Bay of Bengal this year after Super Cyclone Amphan in May - made landfall between Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast on Wednesday midnight.


Speaking to reporters, IMD-Karnataka director, C. S. Patil said that districts such as Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Ramanagar and Mandya are likely to experience isolated heavy rainfall due to the Nivar effect. He added that severe cyclone-storm Nivar that has crossed Puducherry has transformed into cyclone-storm and moving towards north-west direction weaken into deep depression in next six hours. "During this period Benglauru and surrounding districts are likely to experience isolated heavy rainfall," he said.

Estimated loss due to cyclone Nivar put at Rs 400 crore: Puducherry CM

The estimated loss to agriculture and other sectors due to cyclone Nivar has been tentatively put at Rs 400 crore and a full assessment is being made, Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said on Thursday after visiting localities affected by the cyclonic storm when it made landfall in the early hours. Paddy crops over an extent of 820 hectares besides vegetables on 200 hectares, sugarcane on 170 hectares, 55 hectares of banana crop and betel leaf cultivated on seven hectares had been severely hit by the torrential rains, the chief minister said.


Puducherry administration would seek an interim relief of Rs 50 crores from the Centre,he told reporters. A full assessment was being made by the departments on the total quantum of loss in farm and other sectors although it had been estimated tentatively that the loss would be Rs 400 crore, Narayanasamy said. He expressed relief that 'Nivar' had caused no big loss and there was no loss of life. "I thank the Almighty for saving Puducherry from the fury of the cyclone," he said appreciating the team work of all departments, the NDRF team and defence personnel. Puducherry registered 27 cm rainfall while Karaikal recorded 10 cm in the 24 hours ending 8.30 a.m. Thursday. Water was drained from low lying areas and various housing colonies using pumps. All trees that were uprooted under the strong winds were being removed, the chief minister said.

After cyclone Nivar, Tamil Nadu likely to receive heavy rains again next week: IMD

Slammed by the severe cyclonic storm Nivar early Thursday, Tamil Nadu is likely to receive another spell of very heavy rainfall as a fresh low pressure area is expected to form in the Bay of Bengal from November 29 onwards, the IMD said. India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra said the low pressure area likely to form on November 29 may bring very heavy rains over Tamil Nadu. He, however, said it needs to be seen whether the low pressure area will intensify into a cyclone. A low pressure area is the first stage of formation of a cyclone.
 
"We are closely monitoring it (the low pressure area)," Mohapatra said.
 
Cyclone Nivar, which hit the Tamil Nadu coast as a 'very severe cyclonic storm' in the early hours of Thursday, has brought heavy rains over the state, especially in its northern parts. Under its influence, Puducherry received 30 cm rainfall, the highest among the affected regions, followed by Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu with 27 cm precipitation. Nagapattinam recorded 6.3 cm rainfall, Karaikal 9.6 cm and Chennai 11.3 cm.

Three killed, over 1,000 trees uprooted in Tamil Nadu as Nivar crosses coast near Puducherry

At least three people were killed in Tamil Nadu, over 1,000 trees uprooted and some low-lying areas marooned due to water-logging following heavy rains on Thursday as severe cyclonic storm Nivar made landfall near Puducherry. Subsequently, Nivar weakened into a cyclonic storm and further into a deep depression,centered about 50 km west- southwest of Tirupati at 1430 hrs, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said.
 
According to IMD, it is to weaken into a depression during the next six hours. Heavy rains lashed Tamil Nadu and Puducherry as Nivar made landfall in the early hours,leading to inundation and uprooting of trees. Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted, "We are closely monitoring the situation in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the wake of Cyclone Nivar.

In Tamil Nadu, three people, including a woman, were killed in rain related incidents such as tree and wall collapses here, nearby Ponneri and Villupuram, authorities said.
 

Cyclone Nivar LIVE: We're assessing damage, funds will be released, says Tamil Nadu CM

LIVE: Cyclonic Storm Nivar weakened into a Deep Depression, says IMD

Minister inspects damage caused by cyclone to fishing harbour

Tamil Nadu Minister O S Manian on Thursday inspected the damage caused by the cyclone to the rubble mound wall of the under-construction fishing harbour at Tarangambadiin Nagapattinam district. Local fishermen appealed to the Handlooms Minister to increase the width and theheight of the wall to prevent damage by natural calamities in the future.
 
To this, the Minister said the Union government's attention would be drawn to the issue and suitable measures would be taken.
 
The harbour was being constructed at a cost of Rs 120 crore. To safeguard the harbour from tides, the rubble mound was constructed on the seafront. On Wednesday due to the cyclonic storm Nivar, the sea remained very rough at Tarangambadi and the wall sustained damage on the southern side with the tides thrashing the huge granite stones.

Cyclone Nivar LIVE: Prohibitory order in Puducherry lifted

In view of the cyclone, a prohibitory order that has been in force here since November 24 to prevent movement of people and also gathering was lifted on Thursday. Rescinding the order imposed under section 144 CrPC, District Magistrate Purva Garg said preliminary assessment ofcyclone-related evacuation, rescue and relief work was undertaken by the territorial administration, and there was no loss of life or major damage reported from anywhere in the Union Territory.
 
The prohibitory order, enforced till 6 am today since November 24, has been rescinded, she said.
 
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, in her voice message to the people of Puducherry, thanked them for their cooperation because of which the administration was able to tide over the cyclone and ensure safety to life and property. Reports from District Collectors of Puducherry and Karaikal said except for the fall of the trees, there was no damage to properties.

Cyclone Nivar LIVE: Puducherry CM visits Uppalam area to assess damage

Cyclone Nivar LIVE: 25 NDRF teams deployed across Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh

Twenty-five teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed across Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Andhra Pradesh in view of Cyclone Nivar, NDRF officials said.
 
"Landfall happened yesterday at midnight. 25 NDRF teams were assigned, 15 in Tamil Nadu, four in Puducherry and six in Andhra Pradesh. The cyclone is weakening gradually but it has the potential to cause further damage. Precautionary measures are being taken," Randeep Rana, DIG NDRF, told ANI on Thursday.
 
He said a total of seven teams of NDRF have also been deployed in Nellore and Chittoor districts of Andhra Pradesh, which share their border with Tamil Nadu.
 
The "very severe" Cyclonic Storm Nivar made landfall on the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry from 11:30 pm on Wednesday night to 2:30 on Thursday and moved west-northwest direction while moving at the speed of 9 kmph, India Meteorological Department stated.

Cyclone Nivar LIVE: Tamil Nadu CM visits a relief camp to meet affected people

Cyclone Nivar brings torrential rains to Andhra Pradesh, one dead

Normal life was thrown out of gear as heavy to extremely heavy rainfall ranging from 6 cm to 30 cm battered at least half of Andhra Pradesh under the influence of cyclone Nivar, leaving one dead. Another farmer was feared washed away while NDRF personnel rescued two others from a reservoir in Chittoor district. According to the State Disaster Management Authority, SPS Nellore, Chittoor, Kadapa, Krishna, Prakasam and East Godavari districts received heavy to extremely heavy rainfall at more than 177 places.
 
Other districts like Anantapuramu, Kurnool, Guntur and West Godavari were also receiving moderate to heavy rainfall under Nivars impact. It said gales with a speed of 45-65 kmph were lashing SPS Nellore and Chittoor districts bordering Tamil Nadu. Tirumala Hills, the abode of Lord Venkateswara, has been receiving incessant rain since Wednesday, causing a lot of hardship to hundreds of devotees stranded there.

LIVE: Three killed as cyclone Nivar wreaks havoc in Tamil Nadu

Three persons were killed and an equal number injured as the very severe cyclonic storm Nivar wreaked havoc in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Thursday. According to the Tamil Nadu government, three persons lost their lives due to rain related incidents and three got injured. The state government also said that 26 cattle had also died in the storm. On its way the cyclone also damaged several houses, uprooted trees and power lines in Tamil Nadu's Cuddalore, Marakkanam and in Puducherry also.
 
A total of 101 houses, including thatched huts and tiled houses were damaged by cyclone, the Tamil Nadu government said.
 
According to the government, about 380 trees were uprooted by Nivar and 14 acre banana plantation was also damaged. In Tamil Nadu's Villupuram district, police said the fallen trees have been removed to ease the flow of traffic. The government said it was carrying out the repairs quickly to restore power lines. A total of 19 electric poles, which fell down, have been repaired.

Nivar cyclone: Several houses waterlogged in Andhra's Chittoor due to heavy rainfall

Scores of houses in Chittoor district's Vadamalapeta Mandal were waterlogged on Thursday due to the heavy rainfall caused by cyclone Nivar. Due to the heavy rainfall, people are facing several problems as water entered into their households. Heavy rain affected several areas in Chittoor district including Erpedu, Srikalahasti, Satyavedu, and Renigunta. Andhra Pradesh Disaster Management Commissioner K Kannababu said that there is no loss of life so far in the state due to cyclone Nivar.
 
"Extremely heavy rainfall is recorded in 9 Mandals and heavy rainfall is recorded in 96 Mandals in 7 districts of the state. Wind speed is less than 65 kmph in Andhra Pradesh, so not much damage is reported," he said. "The situation is fully under control and district collectors are on the alert to face any situation. 7,772 people have been evacuated in various places of AP, and 111 relief camps are being organized, especially in Nellore, Chittoor and some parts of Kadapa and Prakasam districts".
 
Kannababu further said that both State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Response (NDR) teams are deployed and some teams have been kept in standby.

Cyclone Nirav LIVE: Tamil Nadu Deputy CM visits water-logged areas in Chennai

Cyclone Nirav LIVE: Amit Shah assures Tamil Nadu, Puducherry CMs of all possible help

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday spoke to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Chief Ministers Edappadi K. Palaniswami and V. Narayanasamy respectively and took stock of the situation in the wake of Cyclone Nivar. In the telephonic conversation, the Home Minister assured both the Chief Ministers of all possible help from the Centre.
 
"We are closely monitoring the situation in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the wake of Cyclone Nivar. Have spoken to CM Shri @EPSTamilNadu and CM Shri @VNarayanasami and assured all possible help from the centre," Shah said.
 
The Home Minister added that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are already in place to help the people.

Cyclone Nivar effect: 164 places receive more than 60 mm rainfall in Andhra Pradesh

In the past 24 hours till Thursday morning, 164 places in Andhra Pradesh witnessed a rainfall of more than 60 mm as the very severe cyclonic storm Nivar lashed the whole state. According to the Meteorological department, five places in Nellore district registered the highest rainfall -- APFT Colony (302.7 mm), Boggulamitta Ward (272.7 mm), MPP School (264 mm), Summer storage tank (242.7 mm) and Thatipatri (239.5 mm). Chittoor district Collector Narayan Bharat Gupta said an average of 8.6 cm rainfall lashed a few places in the district on Wednesday.
 
"Varadaiyapalem, Yerpedu, Srikalahasti, Satyavedu, Nagulapuram, Vijayapuram and Narayanavanam mandals witnessed rainfall more than 12 cm," said Gupta.
 
Due to heavy inflow, he said the gates of the major reservoirs were being opened to release water. Advising caution to the public, the Collector said people should not attempt to cross the roads even if the water flow is less. "We request you to stay at home safely for one or two days, until the situation gets better," said Gupta. He said the district administration shut roads in K.V. Puram and Pichapuram because of the heavy outflow of rain water.

LIVE: Nivar weakens into cyclonic storm over north coastal Tamil Nadu

The severe cyclonic storm Nivar weakened into a cyclonic storm over coastal Tamil Nadu and it is set to further weaken into a deep depression, the India Meteorological Department said on Thursday.
 
"Severe cyclonic storm Nivar weakened into a cyclonic storm over north coastal Tamil Nadu. The cyclonic storm Nivar would continue to move northwestwards and weaken further into a deep depression during next 06 hours and into a depression by subsequent 06 hours," the IMD said on its twitter handle.
 
Very severe cyclonic storm Nivar made landfall near Puducherry in the wee hours of today even as heavy rains lashed Tamil Nadu and the union territory leading to inundation and uprooting of trees. Nivar also weakened into a severe cyclonic storm after it crossed coast near Puducherry.

Cyclone Nivar: Three killed, 3 more injured in Tamil Nadu, essential services restored

At least three people have been killed while another three suffered injuries due to Cyclone Nivar in Tamil Nadu, Atulya Mishra, Additional Chief Secretary of the state said here on Thursday.
 
"It was a very serious cyclone. Due to measures taken by the state government, things are very much in control. As of now only 3 deaths have been reported while 3 people were injured. 101 huts damaged, and 380 fallen trees removed. There is a complete restoration of essential services. There is no problem of drinking water, electricity, or any healthcare," Mishra told ANI.
 
Waterlogging in parts of Chennai city was seen following overnight rainfall due to the cyclone.
 
India Meteorological Department (IMD) said "severe" cyclonic storm Nivar weakened into a cyclonic storm over north coastal Tamil Nadu. "It would continue to move northwestwards and weaken further into a deep depression during the next 6 hours and into a depression by subsequent 6 hours," IMD said.

Cyclone Nivar impact: Offices, factories remain closed in Chennai

Many factories, offices and commercial establishments remained closed in and around Chennai on Thursday as the very severe cyclonic storm Nivar, crossed the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts. Meanwhile, Chennai received 1497.60 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours 9(till 6 am).
 
Some of the factories including Hyundai, Ashok Leyland and a few other manufacturing units in and around Chennai were also closed.
 
Tamil Nadu government had announced a public holiday in 16 districts, including Chennai, due to the cyclone. Read on...

We're closely monitoring situation in Tamil Nadu & Puducherry in the wake of Cyclone Nivar, says Amit Shah

Have spoken to Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami & Puducherry CM V.Narayanasamy and assured all possible help from the centre. NDRF teams are on ground to help people in need: Amit Shah

Puducherry: NDRF personnel clear uprooted trees in Kamaraj Nagar area


Fishermen advised not to go to sea in South-coastal Andhra Pradesh & North-coastal Tamil Nadu: IMD


Tamil Nadu: Waterlogging in parts of Chennai city following overnight rainfall due to cyclone nivar


Cyclone Nivar: Railways cancels trains

The Railways has cancelled over a dozen special trainsscheduled to either originate from and terminate in the southern states, and offered full refund.

Cyclone Nivar crosses coast near Puducherry, weakens into severe cyclonic storm

Very severe cyclonic storm Nivar has crossed coast near Puducherry and weakened into a severe cyclonic storm, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Thursday.
 
Earlier, the IMD had said Nivar will cross coast near Puducherry with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph, gusting up to 145 kmph.
 
"Very severe cyclonic Storm NIVAR: Center lies over Land. Crossed coast near Puducherry during 2330 of 25th Nov-0230 IST of 26th Nov," the weather department tweeted.

Cyclone Nivar LIVE: Tamil Nadu State Disaster Mgmt Authority issues severe weather warning

Very severe cyclonic storm Nivar lies over SW Bay of Bengal, about 25 km east of Puducherry: IMD

Very severe cyclonic storm Nivar lies over SW Bay of Bengal, about 25 km east of Puducherry & 100 km S-SW of Chennai (Tamil Nadu). Landfall process continues. Centre of cyclone to coast near Puducherry within next 2 hours with wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 14 kmph: IMD

Cyclone Nivar LIVE: Puducherry received 187 mm rainfall, Cuddalore 227 mm, says IMD

Cuddalore received 227 mm rainfall between 8:30 am to 10:30 pm on 25th November, as per IMD. Puducherry received 187 mm rainfall, Karaikal 84 mm, Chennai 89 mm and Nagapatnam received 62 mm rainfall.

Centre of Cyclone Nivar to cross coast near Puducherry within next 1-2 hours: IMD

Landfall process continues. Centre of cyclone to cross coast near Puducherry within next 1-2 hours with wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph. Centre moved northwestwards with a speed of 16 kmph during past 6 hours: IMD

WATCH | Puducherry receives strong winds and heavy rainfall as Cyclone Nivar makes landfall

Tamil Nadu: Strong wind blows in Mahabalipuram, as landfall process of Cyclone Nivar continues

Cyclone Nivar LIVE: Chennai experiences rainfall, strong winds

Thunderstorm with light rain to occur in Punjab, Faridabad, Delhi south

Cyclone Nivar lies 40 km east southeast of Puducherry: IMD

Cyclone Nivar LIVE: Cyclone Nivar to cross Puducherry coast in 3 hours, says IMD

Very severe cyclonic storm Nivar now lies about 50 km east-southeast of Cuddalore, about 40 km east southeast of Puducherry. Landfall process commences. Centre of Cyclone Nivar to cross coast near Puducherry within next 3 hours: IMD

Thunderstorm with light to moderate intensity rain to occur in Haryana, Punjab

Thunderstorm with light to moderate intensity rain would occur over and adjoining areas of Hansi, Hisar, Meham, Gohana, Jind, Safidon, Assandh, Panipat, Karnal (Haryana) during next 2 hours: India Meteorological Department 

Landfall of Cyclone Nivar will start in an hour: IMD Chennai

Severe thunderstorm likely to occur over TN districts, Puducherry in next 3 hours: IMD

Severe thunderstorm with heavy rain is likely to occur over Ariyalur, Cuddalore, Kancheepuram, Kallakurichi, Thiruvannamalai, Viluppuram, Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai, districts of Tamil Nadu & Puducherry and Karaikal area within next three hours. After 3 am intensity of cyclone will decrease. However, rainfall will continue tomorrow: S Balachandran,  IMD Chennai

Cyclone Nivar LIVE: Scattered to light rain in Karnataka

Scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains with isolated places very heavy rains likely over Kolar & Chikkaballapura districts. Scattered to widespread light to moderate rains likely over Chamrajanagara, Bengaluru Rural & Bengaluru Urban districts. Isolated very light to light rains likely over Bellary, Koppala, Raichur & Haveri districts. Dry weather conditions likely to prevail over remaining districts of the region: Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre  

Cyclone Nivar: Storm lies 85 km east southeast of Puducherry, to cross TN at midnight

Cyclone Nivar LIVE: Heavy rainfall causes waterlogging in Puducherry

Cyclone Nivar: Railways cancels over dozen special trains, offers refund

The Railways has cancelled over a dozen special trains on November 25 and 26 scheduled to either originate from and terminate in the southern states of the country in view of the impending cyclone Nivar, and offered full refund. 'Nivar' is forecast intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm and is likely to cross the coast between Tamil Nadu and Puducherry before dawn on Thursday, the India Meteorological Department said.
 
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.
 
For the trains fully cancelled by Railways in view of Cyclone NIVAR, full refund of fare will be granted on ticket cancellations. The time limit for availing refunds has also been extended to six months from the date of journey, the Railways said. READ ON...

cyclone Nivar LIVE: Over 100,000 evacuated from Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, says NDRF DG

Over one lakh people have been evacuated from the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in order to "tide over the worst challenge" put up by Cyclone Nivar that is expected to make a landfall in the early hours of Thursday, the NDRF chief said on Wednesday. The National Disaster Response Force has earmarked a total of 50 teams -- with 30 being deployed on the ground in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh -- in view of the cyclone moving ahead from the Bay of Bengal towards the coastal areas.
 
Twenty teams have been kept on standby at Vijaywada (Andhra Pradesh), Cuttack (Odisha) and Thrissur (Kerala). S N Pradhan, the director general of the federal disaster response force, said all preparations have been done to "tide over the worst challenge that is put up by the cyclone".
 
"As per reports last received, the cyclone may make a landfall a little later than earlier predicted and it could be after 2-3 am on Thursday or on November 26," Pradhan said in a recorded audio-visual message.
 
The speed is going to be that of a very severe cyclonic storm which is 130-145 kms per hour with gusting winds. The landfall is expected to take place between Mamallapuram and Karaikal.

LIVE: Chennai airport suspends aircraft operations in view of Cyclone Nivar

The Chennai airport has suspended operations in view of the Cyclone Nivar. The airport authority announced on Wednesday evening that aircraft operations at the Chennai airport would remain suspended from today evening (7 pm) to tomorrow morning (7 am).
 
The decision was taken considering the safety of passengers and the severity of the approaching cyclone, the Airport Authority of India said on Wednesday.

Storage almost full, key Chennai reservoir opened ahead of cyclone Nivar landfall

The gates of Chembarambakkam reservoir were opened Wednesday for the first time in five years as a precautionary measure, releasing a torrent of surplus water into the Adyar river here after its storage was just 20 per cent short of its capacity due to heavy rainsahead of an incoming cyclone. About 1,000 cusecs (cubic feet per second) of water was released from the dam, a major source for the city's water requirements, into the river that flows through the metropolis before draining into the Bay of Bengal.
 
The decision to open the shutters of sprawling dam was taken as its storage level touched 3,000 million cubic feet against its full capacity of 3,645 Mcft amid forecast of heavy rains in the next two days under the influence of the severe cyclone 'Nivar' set to cross the coast before dawn on Thursday.
 
As the surplus waters gushed forth with the opening of shutters after about five years, Chief Minister K Palaniswami inspected the dam premises and reviewed the precautionary measures and the outflow.

LIVE: Strong winds blow in Chennai ahead of Cyclone Nivar's expected landfall

Cyclone Nivar LIVE: Railways cancels over dozen special trains, offers full refund

The Railways has cancelled over a dozen special trains on November 25 and 26 scheduled to either originate from and terminate in the southern states of the country in view of the impending cyclone Nivar, and offered full refund.
 
'Nivar' is forecast intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm and is likely to cross the coast between Tamil Nadu and Puducherry before dawn on Thursday, the India Meteorological Department said.
 
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. For the trains fully cancelled by Railways in view of Cyclone NIVAR, full refund of fare will be granted on ticket cancellations. The time limit for availing refunds has also been extended to six months from the date of journey, the Railways said.
 
For PRS (Passenger Reservation System) counter tickets, refunds can be availed on submission of tickets on the counter upto six months from the date of scheduled departure of the train. Auto refund facility is available for tickets booked online. For trains cancelled partially, passengers can avail full refund for the untraveled portion until six months from the date of scheduled departure of the train, while auto refund is also available for the tickets bought online.

LIVE: Cyclone Nivar may make landfall after 2 am on November 26, says NDRF DG

Visuals from Marina Beach in Chennai as strong winds hit the region, sea turns rough

Cyclone Nivar: Ashok Leyland closes Chennai plant as precautionary measure

Hinduja Group flagship Ashok Leyland has closed the Chennai plant as a precautionary measure in view of Cyclone Nivar which is expected to cross the coast later tonight, a company official said on Wednesday.
 
The city-based heavy commercial vehicle manufacturer expects to resume operations at the facility from November 27, company President-Human Resources, NV Balachandar said.
 
"Our Chennai plant is closed due to the cyclone as a precautionary measure.We expect to resume operations from November 27....as per the emergency protocols all preventive measures for the cyclone are in place," he said in a statement. "At the moment, we do not foresee any delay for fulfilling our existing order book," he said.

Cyclone Nivar LIVE: Delhi CM Kejriwal asks AAP volunteers to be ready to help

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said all AAP volunteers should be ready to help wherever needed in view of severe cyclonic storm 'Nivar' that is expected to hit Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts later in the day. The AAP national convenor said he hopes the central and state governments are equipped to handle the situation.
 
"My prayers for the safety of coastal people of Tamilnadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh from cyclone Nivar. Hope state govts and central govt are all equipped to handle this cyclone. All AAP volunteers should be ready to help wherever needed," Kejriwal tweeted.
 
In its latest bulletin, the IMD said Cyclone Nivar would cross over between Karaikal and Mamallapuram "during the midnight of November 25 and early hours of 26 November".
 
The storm, 250 km off Chennai and 190 km and 180 km from Puducherry and Cuddalore, respectively, is very likely to move northwestwards and cross coasts as a "very severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph", it said.

Nivar LIVE: Taken all precautionary measure to tackle cyclone impact, says NLC India

NLC India Ltd on Wednesday said it has taken all precautionary measures at its facilities and ensured preparedness in sectors, including mining and power generation, in view of cyclone Nivar all set to cross the Eastern coast.
 
Individual teams have been set up to monitor and tackle the situation.A control room, which will function round the clock, has also been set up to coordinate with government authorities, an official told PTI.
 
"The company is also ready to meet the requirements of safety of the people in neighbouring villages besides extending support to the district administration," he said.

LIVE: Puducherry govt geared for cyclone 'Nivar'; CM visits coastal areas

As cyclone Nivar approaches, the Puducherry government on Wednesday said the administrative machinery is fully geared up to meet any exigency while Chief Minister V Narayanasamy visited coastal villages to monitor steps taken to ensure the safety of fishermen community. The union territory has been experiencing intermittent moderate rains since Tuesday night under the influence of the cyclonic storm.
 
In a video message, Lt Governor Kiran Bedi on Wednesday appealed to the residents to stay indoors and asked those living in low lying areas to move to safer places.
 
"The entire government machinery is at your service and listen to the advice of the government for safety," she said.
 
Prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC have been clamped in Puducherry region to restrict movement of people. The order came into force at 9 pm on Tuesday and would remain in force till 6 am on Thursday. Most of the roads and thoroughfares presented a deserted look because of the order.

LIVE: Cyclone Nivar to cross Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coast midnight, says IMD

Very severe cyclonic storm Nivar to cross coast around midnight: IMD

Severe cyclonic storm Nivar is expected to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts around midnight or early hours of Thursday as a very severe cyclonic storm, India Meteorological Department said on Wednesday.
 
Moving at a speed of about 7kmph over the past six hours, the severe cyclonic storm Nivar lay centred about 290km east-southeast of Cuddalore, about 300km east-southeast of Puducherry and 350km south-southeast of Chennai, the weather department said. Over the next 12 hours, Nivar is likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm.
 
Nivar is likely to move northwestwards and cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Mamallapuram and Karaikal around Puducherry during the intervening night of November 25 and 26 as a very severe cyclonic storm. The wind speed when Nivar crosses the coast will be 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph. READ ON...

Cyclone Nivar LIVE: Indian Coast Guard vessel deployed off Chennai coast with disaster relief items

Cyclone Nivar LIVE: Strong winds blow in Mamallapuram ahead of expected landfall of storm

Cyclone Nivar likely to cross coast tonight, Tamil Nadu declares one more holiday

Severe cyclone 'Nivar' would intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm and it is likely to cross the coast between Tamil Nadu and Puducherry before dawn on Thursday, the India Meteorological Department said. CM K Palaniswami, meanwhile, declared Thursday a public holiday for 13 districts including Chennai, Vellore, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Chengelpet and Kancheepuram considering the safety of people in view of the cyclone.
 
Wednesday has already been declared a holiday. In its latest bulletin, the IMD said Nivar would cross over betwen Karaikal and Mamallapuram "during the midnight of November 25 and early hours of 26 November."

The storm, 250 km off Chennai and 190 km and 180 km from Puducherry and Cuddalore respectively is very likely to move northwestwards and cross coasts as a "very severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph."
 
Under the influence of the cyclone, coastal and north interior Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kariakal regions are likely to receive rainfall on Wednesday at most places with heavy to very heavy showers at a few places and extremely heavy rains at isolated places.

More than 30,000 people have been evacuated from Tamil Nadu: NDRF DG

Cyclone Nivar LIVE: Puducherry experiences moderate rain

As cyclone Nivar approaches, the Puducherry government said the administrative machinery is fully geared up to meet any exigency arising out of the situation. The union territory has been experiencing since Tuesday night intermittent moderate rain influenced by the cyclonic storm. In a video message, Lt Governor Kiran Bedi on Wednesday appealed to the residents to stay indoors. She also asked people to move to safer places wherever the is a need.
 
"The entire government machinery is at your service and listen to the advice of the government for safety," she said.
 
Prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC have been clamped in Puducherry region to restrict movement of people. The order came into force at 9 pm on Tuesday and would remain in force till 6 am on Thursday. Most of the roads and thoroughfares presented a deserted look because of the order.

The entire beach road has been closed and police have been deployed to ensure that there were no visitors at the sea shore. Although there was no heavy rain as of now, the threat of the cyclone Nivar crossing Puducherry later in the day was a matter of apprehension for the people as it would trigger heavy downpour, an official source said.

LIVE: Cyclone Nivar to intensify into very severe storm by 5.30 pm

Cyclone Nivar is currently hovering over southwest Bay of Bengal and is likely to intensify further into a "very severe" cyclonic storm by 5.30 p.m., the MHA said on Wednesday. The cyclone is very likely to move west northwestwards and cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram around Puducherry during Wednesday midnight and early hours on Thursday as a very severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph.
 
Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) shared the information on Wednesday based on 11.30 a.m. report of the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorology Department (IMD).
 
As per the latest report, the cyclone moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 11 kmph during past six hours and lay centred at 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday over southwest Bay of Bengal about 240 km east-southeast of Cuddalore, about 250 km east southeast of Puducherry and 300 km south southeast of Chennai.

Cyclone Nivar LIVE: Southern Railway cancels seven trains on Nov 26

LIVE: India Meteorological Department DMG briefing about Cyclone Nivar

LIVE: India Meteorological Department DMG briefing about Cyclone Nivar

Very severe cyclonic storm Nivar to cross Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coast midnight

Severe cyclonic storm Nivar is expected to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts around midnight or early hours of Thursday as a very severe cyclonic storm, India Meteorological Department said on Wednesday. Chennai and its suburbs have been experiencing rains intermittently since Tuesday night resulting in water logged roads, apartments and individual houses.
 
The government has declared a public holiday on Wednesday in a bid to reduce the hardship to a large section of the people. The Southern Railway has cancelled suburban train services and also some long distance trains owing to Nivar.
 
The state owned Aavin managed to supply milk to its lakhs of customers without any problem. Petrol bunks and shops are functioning as usual. The state government after a gap of five years has also decided to release water from the Chembarambakkam lake and flood warning has been issued to people living in the low lying areas near Adyar river.

Cyclone Nivar LIVE: Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami visits Chembarambakkam Lake to review situation

Cyclone Nivar effect: Tamil Nadu announces public holiday in 13 districts

The government of Tamil Nadu has announced a public holiday on Wednesday in the 13 districts expected to face the wrath of Cyclone Nivar. These districts include Chennai, Nagai, Tiruavaur, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Chengalpattu among others. Meanwhile, water was released from the Chembarambakkam reservoir to avoid flooding.
 
Cyclone Nivar is likely to cross the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry between Karaikal and Mamallapuram during midnight of November 25 and the early hours of November 26 as a very severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph, said the IMD.
 
Southern Railway has announced cancellation of several special train services to destinations that are likely to be affected by the rains and cyclonic landfall. For the trains cancelled by Railways, full refund of ticket fare will be granted. READ ON...

Cyclone Nivar to cross coast tonight or on Thursday morning: IMD

Severe cyclonic storm 'Nivar' will intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm over the next 12 hours and cross the coast between Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Wednesday midnight or early Thursday, the India Meteorological Department said. Meanwhile, water will be released from Chembarambakkam lake, one of the key drinking water sources to the city, since it was nearing capacity, by noon, the government said.
 
In its latest bulletin on Wednesday, the IMD said NIVAR over southwest Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 07 kmph during past six hours and lay centred at 0530 hrs of today at about 290 km east-southeast of Cuddalore, about 300 km east southeast of Puducherry and 350 km south southeast of Chennai.
 
"It is very likely to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours.

Cyclone Nivar LIVE: Five trains partially cancelled, says Southern Railways

Water logging in parts of Chennai ahead of Cyclone Nivar's landfall

Water logging was witnessed in some parts of Chennai, due to heavy rainfall ahead of Cyclone Nivar's landfall. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the 'super cyclonic storm' Nivar is about 290 km east-southeast of Cuddalore.
 
"It is very likely to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours. It is very likely to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts during mid-night of 25th and early hours of 26th November," IMD tweeted.
 
Meanwhile, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, Chennai said, "Cyclone Nivar lays 350 km SE of Chennai moving NW and likely to intensify into severe cyclonic storm and cross between Karaikal and Mahabalipuram today late evening or night. While crossing wind speed likely to touch 145 kmph."

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) senior commandant Rekha Nambiar held a discussion with Tamil Nadu Revenue Minister RB Udayakumar at State Disaster Management head office at Chepauk today.

Cyclone Nivar LIVE tracker: Heavy rain likely to occur at a few places over Vellore, Ranipet, Tiruvallur, Tirupattur, Krishnagiri, Tiruchirapalli, Salem and Dharmapuri

Heavy rain likely to occur at a few places over Vellore, Ranipet, Tiruvallur, Tirupattur, Krishnagiri, Tiruchirapalli, Salem and Dharmapuri districts of Tamil Nadu: MEt Dept, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Cyclone Nivar LIVE update: Shutters of Chembarambakkam Lake opened to release water into Adyar River, in order to avert flooding

Cyclone Nivar LIVE update: Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy reviews preparations ahead of the expected landfall of Cyclone Nivar


Cyclone Nivar LIVE: Water logging in parts of Chennai ahead of Cyclone Nivar's landfall

Water logging was witnessed in some parts of Chennai, due to heavy rainfall ahead of Cyclone Nivar's landfall.

Cyclone Nivar to go from severe to very severe storm over next 12 hrs: Met

Severe cyclonic storm Nivar is about 290 km east-southeast of Cuddalore and is very likely to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours. It is very likely to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between midnight of November 25 and early hours of November 26, according to the India Meteorological Department.
 
Meanwhile, Chembarambakkam lake reservoir in Chennai will release 1000 cusecs of water at 12 PM today as the inflow is increasing. Water level at Chembarambakkam lake, which caused floods in Chennai in 2015, reached 22ft, while the capacity is 24ft. Read on...

Cyclone Nivar: Rahul Gandhi urges people to stay indoors, follow safety measures

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi urged people to follow safety measures as cyclone Nivar was expected to intensify and hit the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts on November 25.
 
He also urged people to stay indoors and asked Congress workers to provide assistance wherever needed.
 
"Cyclone Nivar is making its presence felt in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and parts of Andhra Pradesh. Please follow all safety measures. I appeal to all Congress workers to provide assistance to those in need. Stay indoors, stay safe," Gandhi said on Twitter.

Very severe cyclonic storm to cross Tamil Nadu, Pondy around midnight

Severe cyclonic storm Nivar is expected to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts around midnight or early hours of Thursday as a very severe cyclonic storm, India Meteorological Department said on Wednesday.
 
Moving at a speed of about 7kmph over the past six hours, the severe cyclonic storm Nivar lay centred about 290km east-southeast of Cuddalore, about 300km east-southeast of Puducherry and 350km south-southeast of Chennai, the weather department said.

Cyclone Nivar LIVE TRACKER: The cyclone is very likely to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next few hours


Cyclone Nivar LIVE update: Central control room operating from State Disaster Management Control Room to provide help to the public, says Puducherry CM

Central control room operating from State Disaster Management Control Room to provide help to the public. People from low lying areas evacuated. They will be provided with food, water, hand sanitisers & face masks. The fishermen advised not to venture into the sea: Puducherry CM

Cyclone Nirvar: NCMC reviews preparedness, assues aid to TN, AP, Puducherry

The NCMC on Tuesday took stock of the status of the "very severe cyclonic storm" 'Nivar' that is expected to hit coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Wednesday, and assure the states of all possible help, including the early release of disaster relief fund.
 
The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, also directed all concerned to continue work aiming at zero loss of life and early restoration of normalcy in the affected areas that include power and telecommunications networks, an official spokesperson said. Read on...

Cyclone Nivar LIVE update: Chennai/Meenambakkam received 120 mm rainfall from 8:30 am yesterday till 5:30 am today

Chennai/Meenambakkam received 120 mm rainfall from 0830 hours yesterday till 0530 hours today, as per India Meteorological Departmen

Cyclone Nivar: Andhra Pradesh CM orders state machinery to be ready

In the light of severe cyclonic storm Nivar poised to strike Tamil Nadu and parts of his state, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy sounded an alert on Tuesday and instructed the state machinery to be prepared.
 
In a review meeting with District Collectors and Superintendents of Police, he asked them to be on high alert especially when Nivar makes landfall. Read on...

Cyclone Nivar tracker: Nivar is about 290 km east-southeast of Cuddalore

As Cyclone Nivar approaches, Chennai and coastal Tamil Nadu experience heavy rains

As Cyclone Nivar is likely to make its landfall between Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Wednesday, Chennai and other coastal districts of Tamil Nadu are experiencing heavy to very heavy rainfall. Normal life was distrurbed due to power cuts, waterlogging while public transport was affected. Meanwhile, water level at Chembarambakkam lake, which caused floods in Chennai in 2015 is close to its full capacity.
 
The system which was 700 km off Chennai, is barreling towards Tamil Nadu and is likely to hit the coast today. Read on...

Cyclone Nivar: Andhra CM orders state machinery to be ready

In the light of severe cyclonic storm Nivar poised to strike Tamil Nadu and parts of his state, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy sounded an alert on Tuesday and instructed the state machinery to be prepared.
 
In a review meeting with District Collectors and Superintendents of Police, he asked them to be on high alert especially when Nivar makes landfall.
 
"Though the cyclone is not going to touch Andhra Pradesh directly, it would have an impact in areas closer to Tamil Nadu.... inclement weather would prevail on Tuesday and Wednesday and preparedness should be in place," he said.

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