Chennai: Very extreme cyclonic storm Nivar made landfall close to Puducherry within the early hours of Thursday, bringing heavy rains to the union territory and neighbouring Tamil Nadu, India Meteorological Division (IMD) officers mentioned.
Nivar weakened right into a extreme cyclonic storm after it crossed coast close to Puducherry, the IMD mentioned.
There have been no experiences of lack of life as a result of cyclone which uprooted bushes. Incidents of wall collapse have been reported from some elements of Tamil Nadu, state Income Minister R B Udhayakumar mentioned.
Earlier, the IMD had mentioned Nivar will cross coast close to Puducherry with a wind velocity of 120-130 kmph, gusting as much as 145 kmph. The landfall of Nivar started late on Wednesday evening.
“Very severe cyclonic Storm NIVAR: Center lies over Land. Crossed coast near Puducherry during 2330 of 25th Nov-0230 IST of 26th Nov,” the IMD mentioned in a tweet.
“Very severe cyclonic Storm NIVAR: weakens into a Severe Cyclonic storm,” it mentioned in one other tweet.
Deputy Director Common of Meteorology, Chennai, S Balachandran mentioned rainfall is more likely to proceed in Tamil Nadu.
“The storm now lies inside the land area. There will, however, be rainfall and strong winds as well,” he advised PTI.
Within the subsequent six hours, the extreme cyclonic storm will additional weaken, he mentioned.
Udhayakumar mentioned there have been no experiences of lack of life or crop harm.
“There is no loss of lives due to the rains. People have given us full cooperation,” he mentioned.
Incidents of wall collapse have been reported from a couple of locations, he mentioned.
“It’s a solace that nothing untoward happened and the weakening of the cyclone is good news,” he mentioned.
The minister mentioned about 2.5 lakh individuals have been housed in cyclone shelters in Tamil Nadu as a part of security measures.
In line with the inputs acquired thus far, crops and groves are secure within the state, Udhayakumar advised reporters.
Nevertheless, the state of affairs could be reviewed and based mostly on its end result, insurance coverage payout and compensation to farmers, if any, could be introduced by Chief Minister Okay Palaniswami, he mentioned.
Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu recorded the best rainfall at 24.6 cm, adopted by 23.7 cm in Puducherry from 8.30 PM on Wednesday until 2.30 am on Thursday.
Nagapattinam recorded 6.three cm rainfall, Karaikal 8.6 cm and Chennai 8.9 cm throughout the identical interval.
In the meantime, income, civic and police authorities have been on their toes coordinating and eradicating uprooted bushes utilizing heavy-duty motor gear and backhoe loaders.
In line with preliminary estimates, over 150 bushes have been uprooted in Tamil Nadu alone.
Because the storm started crossing coast, the rainfall stopped briefly right here. It returned with sturdy winds in some localities near the town and the suburban shoreline.
The method roads to the Marina seashore, off the arterial Kamaraj Salai, have been flooded and sheets of water reached near the primary street the place the town’s fishermen had securely tied up their boats.
As rains lashed Mamallapuram close to right here, troops of monkeys sought refuge underneath the ornamental, cave-like arches, dotted with photographs of deities carved in stone on the historical Sri Sthalasayana Perumal temple.