Tamil Nadu: State announces public holiday tomorrow in the wake of Cyclone Nivar

Rain lashed out in parts of Chennai as vehicles pass through waterlogged roads in the wake of cyclone Nivar

The Tamil Nadu government has declared a public holiday in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday as the state sets up for Cyclone Nivar late in the evening tomorrow. Only essential services will continue to operate tomorrow as per orders.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast widespread rainfall and thunderstorms over coastal and north interior Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal on November 24 and November 26, over south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema on November 25 and 26 and southeast Telangana on November 26 in the wake of Cyclone Nivar.

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 Puducherry government-imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code from Tuesday night to Thursday morning. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy reviewed the arrangements to handle the storm and said that all departments were on high-alert.

Parts of Cuddalore, Perambalur, Villupuram, and Tiruvannamalai are also likely to receive heavy rain. Parts of Chennai were hit by rain on Tuesday.

As Nivar is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm, the Indian Navy is kept on standby for rescue and relief operations.

S Balachandran, the Deputy Director of the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Chennai said that Cyclone Nivar has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and is currently moving at a speed of 5 km per hour.

Rahul Gandhi urged people to stay indoors

All flight operations have been suspended to and from Chennai, Rajahmundry, Tiruchirapalli and Vijayawada.

The NDRF teams are working with local and state administration to help with the evacuation of people from the areas that are likely to be affected.

As many as 1200 troopers of the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed with 800 on standby for rescue operations as the region is likely to be facing potential flooding of escape routes, disruption of electricity along with damage to the crops.

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