Nivar Cyclone in Tamilnadu – for Next 12 hrs. Already spreading of COVID-19 pandemic around the world now another major impact is Nivar cyclone in the world. The IMD has issued a red alert for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, while a yellow alert has been issued for coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Cyclone Nivar is likely to bring extreme rainfall and high-speed winds exceeding 120kmph.
Rainfall in Chennai:
Chennai and neighbouring districts are likely to get 11 cm to 20 cm of rainfall spells. The wind speed would increase from 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph on Tuesday to 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph off coastal districts of north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Wednesday.
Speed of Nivar Cyclone:
The depression over southwest and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 14 km/ph during past six hours, intensified into a deep depression and lay centred at 17:30 hrs IST on November 23 over southwest Bay of Bengal near latitude 9.9°N and longitude 83.3°E, about 450 km east-southeast of Puducherry and 480 km southeast of Chennai.
Red Alert District:
- Ariyalur, Myiladuthurai
Public Holiday Announced by CM:
Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy has announced that a one day public holiday will be declared in Tamil Nadu tomorrow in response to the impact of Nivar storm. The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has said this as there is already a 3 day curfew and a one day public holiday in the state of Pondicherry.
District collectors have instructed other government departments, including the fire department and disaster relief department, to engage in public service without taking leave. Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy inspected the storm precautionary measures today. He later told reporters that a one-day public holiday would be declared across Tamil Nadu tomorrow.
Safety measures before the cyclone:
- Ignore rumours. Stay calm, do not panic.
- Keep your mobile phones charged to ensure connectivity.
- Listen to the radio; watch TV, read newspapers for weather updates.
- Keep your documents and valuables in waterproof containers.
- Prepare an emergency kit with essential items.
- Untie animals to ensure their safety.