Cyclone ‘Nivar’ may hit tomorrow, TN declares holiday, Puducherry imposes Section 144


Due to the formation of low pressure over the areas of Bay of Bengal, a cyclonic storm has developed. The Meteorological Department estimates that the storm will cross the Karaikal coasts of Mamallapuram and Puducherry in Tamil Nadu on 25th November. The storm has been named ‘Nivar’. It is believed that the storm may cause heavy havoc in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Local trains will remain closed in the entire Tamil Nadu to prevent heavy damage. The government has decided to keep the local trains inoperable from 10 am on Wednesday.

The Director-General of Indian Meteorological Department said that heavy rains are likely to occur in the coastal and northern interior Tamil Nadu districts on 25th November. Districts of Northern Tamil Nadu may result as the most affected.

Disaster Monitoring Officer of Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, said that people living in low-lying areas have been asked to move to the camps set up by the government. At the same time, zonal teams have been deployed in the block and panchayat who will clean the roads and repair the damaged electric poles after the storm.

The Tamil Nadu Government has declared holiday on Wednesday considering the  threat of cyclonic storm. However, there will be no restriction on essential services during this period.

The Meteorological Department said that during the storm, the wind speed may reach upto 145 kmph. High alert has been declared in the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in view of the storm. Fishermen have been advised to avoid going into the sea.

In order to prevent heavy losses, the District Magistrate ordered the imposition of Section 144 from 9 is to 6 am in the entire Puducherry area. All shops and establishments will remain closed. Only milk shops, petrol stations, and drug stores will be allowed to operate.

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