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Cyclone Nivar likely to hit Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry coast post-midnight

Cyclone Nivar has intensified into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm (VSCS).
Photo: Wind map from gosur.com

The ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ named ‘NIvar’ is expected to cross the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the union territory of Puducherry late in the evening on November 25. Authorities are under high alert evacuating hundreds of families to safety.

Several neighbouring states also have been put on high alert. Trains and flights are cancelled as precautious measures.

More than 30,000 people have been evacuated from Tamil Nadu & 7,000 people have been evacuated from Puducherry. All efforts are being made to minimise damage,” SN Pradhan, DG, National Disaster Response Force reacted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Edappadi K Palaniswami, and Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and promised all support from the Centre to deal with the emerging situation.

Tamil Nadu govt issues an order declaring public holiday tomorrow in 16 districts. The districts are Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Chengalpet, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Tiruvannamalai, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Kallakurichi, Tirupattur, Vellore and Ranipet.

Nearly 1,200 NDRF rescue troopers deployed in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry, and 800 others are on standby in view of cyclone Nivar.

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