CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu is bracing for the onset of a cyclonic storm by evening on Wednesday, and several coastal regions including capital Chennai has begun experiencing heavy rainfall. The eye of the storm, labeled Nivar, is an area close to Puducherry.
Ban orders have been imposed on some areas as a precautionary measure, and people have been asked to remain at their homes. Evacuations have also been started in some areas, officials here said.
The Tamil Nadu government has announced a public holiday on Wednesday, in view of the impending landfall of the cyclonic storm. An order has also been issued suspending bus services in seven districts from Tuesday. Fishermen have been asked to keep off sea till November 26. National Disaster Response Teams would up positions in vulnerable areas in Cudallur and Chennai, officials said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswamy to check on the state of preparedness Tuesday evening. Revenue Minister RB Udayakumar said all steps are in place to effectively face the cyclonic storm. The electricity department is on full alert. Power supply will be cut when the storm touches the coast, electricity minister P Thangamani said.
Met said the “depression over Bay of Bengal intensified into a deep depression on Monday and turned into a cyclonic storm on Tuesday.” The storm is likely to cross the coasts between Karaikkal and Mamallapuram, close to Puducherry, on Wednesday evening.
“It is likely to be a very severe cyclonic storm, and we need be on high alert. It reported a wind-speed of 120-130km per hour, and the speed can go up to 150kmph,” the Met warned. IHN-NNINDIA HERE AND NOWwww.indiahereandnow.com email:firstname.lastname@example.org