Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised all possible help to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry as they gear up to face Cyclone Nivar. Notably, the Cyclone is likely to make landfall on Wednesday evening through the coastal states with expected wind speeds upto 120 km per hour.
PM Modi spoke to the chief ministers of both the states to take stock of the situation and assured them that the Centre will provide all possible help. He took to Twitter to reveal the same.
PM Modi said: “Spoke to Tamil Nadu CM Shri @EPSTamilNadu and Puducherry CM Shri @VNarayanasami regarding the situation in the wake of Cyclone Nivar. Assured all possible support from the Centre. I pray for the safety and well-being of those living in the affected areas.”
Progress of Cyclone Nivar
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy rainfall was recorded in several coastal districts of Tamil Nadu. It predicted that the cyclonic storm is likely to cross between Karaikal and Mamallapuram by 5 pm on Wednesday.
The cyclonic storm is lying practically stationary for the past three hours over the southwest Bay of Bengal. It is currently lying at a distance of 410 km east-southeast of Puducherry and 450 km southeast of Chennai.
The Met department said that the cyclonic storm id likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours. After landfall on Wednesday, it will lose its intensity and become a cyclonic storm on Thursday and eventually into a depression on Friday. The weather system is likely to cause rainfall in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Telangana.
Due to the high wind speed combined with rain, major damage is expected to thatched houses and hutments. Power and communication lines may also get damaged. Also, the rainfall will result in flooding in low-lying areas, while widespread damage to coastal crops is also expected.
The weather office has directed the authorities to completely suspend fishing operations and advised fishermen not to venture into the sea.
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