Cyclone Nivar made landfall near Puducherry in the early hours on Thursday as a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’. It accompanied heavy rainfall and gusty winds that resulted in the uprooting of trees and flooding in low-lying areas.
It has lost its intensity after the landfall but will cause rain in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
As per India Meteorological Department data, Puducherry received the highest rainfall of 300 mm, followed by Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu with 270 mm. Nagapattinam recorded 63 mm rainfall, Karaikal 96 mm and Chennai 113 cm.
3 killed in Tamil Nadu
Unfortunately, three people lost their lives in the cyclonic storm in Tamil Nadu. No loss of life was reported in Puducherry. However, the storm left a trail of uprooted trees, damaged hutments and inundated low-lying areas in the coastal districts.
Atulya Mishra, additional chief Secretary, Tamil Nadu said, “Three deaths have been reported from the state, whereas three other people got injured. 101 huts got damaged, and 380 fallen trees have been removed so far”
Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said there were no reports of loss of lives adding whether boats and nets were damaged or not would be known only later.
Only a few rain-related incidents like wall collapse were reported, Tamil Nadu Revenue Minister RB Udhayakumar said.
He added that there were no reports of any crop damage so far. The same will be ascertained and if any damage is found, crop damage compensation will be paid, he said.
Amit Shah assures Central help
Union home minister Amit Shah tweeted, “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. NDRF teams already on ground to help people in need.”
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. NDRF teams already on ground to help people in need.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) November 26, 2020
Power supply, which was disconnected in most coastal regions was in the process of restoration and water logging being drained out.
Rainfall to continue
IMD officials said the storm after making landfall has started losing its intensity and would further weaken. However, it is likely to bring rain in Tamil Nadu and adjoining areas.
The minister said about 2.5 lakh people were housed in cyclone shelters in Tamil Nadu as a part of safety measures.
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