Cyclone Nivar made landfall Wednesday midnight between 11.30 pm to 2.30 am in Puducherry and Tamil Nadu with wind speed upto 130 Kilometers per hour according to the meteorology department. As a result, several trees are uprooted, three people are killed and others injured. Thousands of people took refuge shelters, 101 huts were damaged, 380 fallen trees have been removed. But roads are blocked due to heavy rainfall, power supply has been disrupted due to electric polls being damaged as trees toppled on electricity transmission tower. Some low-lying area in Chennai are flooded by the torrential rainfall with strong wind storm.
Thousands of state national emergency personnel have been deployed in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry as authorities suspended power supply several cities to avoid damages to the electricity grid. Ten of thousands of people were evacuated to safe places before the storm’s landfall. Many offices, factories and other renowned companies plant were closed due in Chennai. Railway canceled many trains.
Chennai Airport resumes operations at 9 am Thursday. Chennai received rainfall of 1497.60 mm in the last 24 hours. State government declared a public holiday in Chennai. Chennai corporation team and electricity department were spotted within 6.30 am for clearing roads , cutting uprooted trees and power restoration.
The severe cyclone Nivar has weakened and moved north west into the coastal region of Tamil Nadu and further it would set into a deep depression and continue to move towards Karnataka as Bengaluru witnesses cloudy weather and lightning.
Center assured for all kinds of help to restore the normal situation as early as possible in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. National Disaster Response Force personnel are on the ground to help the needy.