PM Modi Assures Support From Cyclone Nivar To TN And Puducherry

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the 24th of November, assured Central support to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry from the Nivar cyclone. 

Nivar may cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the south western Bay of Bengal coastal area tomorrow evening, the 25th of November at 5:00 P.M.

The weather office predicted the intensified cyclone from a  deep depression originating from the Bay of Bengal.

The India Meteorological Department tweeted, “Deep depression has intensified into a cyclonic storm — NIVAR over south-west Bay of Bengal — (Cyclone alert for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts – Yellow Message).”

Post warning from the Weather Department of Tamil Nadu over Cyclone Nivar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a tweet, assured Tamil Nadu, Puducherry all possible support from the Union Government. 

The tweet read, “Assured all possible support from the Centre. I pray for the safety and well-being of those living in the affected areas.”

According to sources, Nivar is likely to arrive with winds gusting at up to 120 km per hour.

PM Modi spoke to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E. Palaniswamy and Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasami regarding the same. 

The State Government officials are preparing for possible damage like trees being uprooted, power supply disruption, communication lines being snapped and roofs being blown away. 

Nearly 6 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) reached Cuddalore district.  In addition, two NDRF teams are also stationed in Chennai.

Tamil Nadu Revenue Minister R.B.Udhayakumar, who is also the Chief of the State Disaster Management Department, said, “We expect very heavy rains.  Our monitoring officers are alert on the ground.  They are ensuring clear channels for smooth flow of water and safe storage in large lakes.”

To ensure safety of people, bus services would be suspended from 1:00 P.M., of the 25th of November  in seven districts, including Pudukottal, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai and Thiruvarur.

The SDMD asked people to avoid venturing out and stock up on food, drinking water and batteries.

The governments of Puducherry and Tamil Nadu said, we also ensured safety of people and moved 400 large boats and 1500 catamarans to safe locations.  Nearly 1,500 people from low lying areas have already been shifted to relief centres.  At the relief centres, protocols of the Novel Coronavirus are being followed. 

Stay tuned for further updates.