Coastal Tamil Nadu braces for very severe cyclone Nivar


Heavy rainfall, squally winds probably; A.P., Telangana, Karnataka on excessive alert; CM declares public vacation on November 25; 22 NDRF groups on standby.

Cyclone Nivar over southwest Bay of Bengal has moved westwards and lay about 380 km east-southeast of Puducherry and 430 km south-southeast of Chennai on Tuesday. The storm system is predicted to accentuate and develop into a ‘very severe cyclone’ by 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday and make landfall between Karaikal and Mamallapuram round Puducherry late within the night with windspeeds within the vary of 120-130 km per hour, gusting to just about 145 kmph.

It is very prone to intensify additional right into a severe cyclonic storm throughout subsequent 12 hours and right into a very severe cyclonic storm throughout subsequent 12 hours.

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Coastal Tamil Nadu braces for very severe cyclone Nivar


The storm is predicted to break standing crop, timber and thatched rooftops in line with officers from the Met Department and advisories have been in place since Sunday to fishermen to keep away from going out to sea. 

The system is predicted to deliver rising rainfall in south peninsular India notably over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal from Tuesday to Thursday and rains over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema and Telangana are anticipated to proceed till Friday.

After remaining stationary for a couple of hours on Tuesday morning, the climate system resumed its westwards observe with a velocity of 5 km per hour. It could also be recalled that the system was shifting at a mean velocity of 20 km per hour on Monday. It is predicted to maneuver west-northwestwards as soon as it intensifies right into a severe cyclonic storm after which northwestwards. 

It is very prone to intensify additional right into a severe cyclonic storm throughout subsequent 12 hours and right into a very severe cyclonic storm throughout subsequent 12 hours.

Until early Tuesday, meteorologists had forecast a ‘severe cyclone’ however now say it will likely be stronger than that and be labelled a ‘very severe cyclone’. This is only a step under the strongest attainable classification of an ‘extremely severe cyclone’.

M. Mohapatra, Director General, Indian Meterological Department, mentioned at a press briefing that that tidal waves as excessive as 1-1.5 metres had been anticipated to inundate low mendacity areas of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry close to the place of landfall. He informed The Hindu that the storm was attribute of what was normally noticed from October-December within the seas round India.

Disaster preparedness

With extraordinarily heavy rainfall, and gusty winds anticipated, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Ok. Palaniswami declared a public vacation within the State on Wednesday. He mentioned a complete of three,344 aid camps have been stored prepared and a complete of 275 individuals from Ariyalur, Chidambaram, Cuddalore, Vridhachalam areas have been relocated to 9 aid camps.

A complete of 4,133 locations have been recognized as weak spots and particular consideration is being paid to those spots, the CM mentioned. Ambulances, excessive energy mills, tree-cutting gear and different crucial equipment are additionally stored prepared, he added.

Over 43,400 individuals, together with over 14,200 ladies have been educated as first responders and are prepared. A complete of 5,505 individuals educated by the State Disaster Response Force and 691 Home Guards are additionally concerned within the job. 

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have readied 22 groups — 12 in Tamil Nadu, three in Puducherry and seven in Andhra Pradesh — to deal with emergency operations.

“All teams have reliable wireless and satellite communications, tree cutters/pole cutters for post landfall restoration, if need arises. In view of current COVID-19 scenario, NDRF teams are equipped with appropriate PPEs,” the organisation mentioned in a press release.

Reservoirs monitored

In Chennai, the place the reminiscence of the December 2015 floods continues to be contemporary, water managers are carefully monitoring the water stage in metropolis reservoirs, notably in Chembarambakkam. “We are taking readings of the water level every two hours. The water level at Chembarambakkam reservoir stood at 21. 32 feet and received an inflow of 648 cubic feet per second (cusecs) till 6 p.m. on Tuesday. If we get around 2,500 cusecs for 24 hours, the water level will reach 22 feet and some amount of water would be released with prior warning,” mentioned an official of the Water Resources Department. 

Rain forecast 

S. Balachandran, Deputy Director General of Meteorology, Chennai, mentioned when the cyclone is predicted to make landfall on Wednesday, coastal areas are anticipated to expertise widespread rains and plenty of locations in inside districts might get reasonable rains.

The rainfall depth could also be extraordinarily heavy (greater than 24.Four cm) in a single or two areas in Puducherry, Cuddalore, Mayiladuthurai, Ariyalur, Kallakurichi, Perambalur, Villupuram and Tiruvannamalai on Wednesday aside from coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema.

Nearly 16 districts, together with Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Chengalpet, Vellore, Dharmapuri, Salem, Tiruchi and Thanjavur might obtain heavy to very heavy rains as much as 24 cm, in a single or two locations. 

Squally winds at speeds of 120-130 km per hour typically gusting as much as 145 kmph are anticipated in Nagapattinam, Karaikal, Puducherry, Mayiladuthurai, Cuddalore, Villupuram and Chengalpet on Wednesday when the cyclone approaches the coast. 

In Tiruvarur, Kancheepuram, Chennai and Tiruvallur, squally winds of 80-90 kmph, typically gusting as much as 100 kmph are anticipated from Wednesday forenoon to nighttime, he mentioned. 

Andhra on excessive alert

Authorities in Andhra Pradesh are on excessive alert forward of cyclone Nivar’s landfall, and helplines have been arrange in all districts to disseminate data.

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy held a overview assembly with District Collectors and SPs, and requested the officers to be on excessive alert when the storm crosses the coast.

Fishermen in Nellore and Prakasam disticts, who had ventured into the ocean, rushed again as squally wind situations prevailed. Sea water superior as much as 100 metres within the coastal mandals. NDRF and State Disaster Response Force groups had been rushed to the coastal areas.

Officials in Chittoor district are focussing on areas liable to water-logging and tree falls. Vigil has additionally been mounted at Araniyar reservoir and rivulets and causeways. In Guntur district, 16 multi-purpose rehabilitation centres had been being arrange in coastal mandals to evacuate in case of emergency.

The Meteorological Centre, Bengaluru, has issued a Yellow Alert for districts in South Interior Karnataka together with Bengaluru metropolis, for November 25 and 26, because the area is predicted to obtain remoted spells of heavy rainfall because of the influence of Nivar Cyclone. Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Tumakuru, Ramanagara and Mandya districts are anticipated to obtain heavy rainfall over the subsequent two days.

(With inputs from New Delhi and Andhra Pradesh)

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