At least five people have been killed due to Cyclone Nivar in Tamil Nadu, according to a News18 report.
"It was a very serious cyclone. Due to measures taken by the state government, things are very much in control. As of now only 3 deaths have been reported while 3 people were injured. 101 huts damaged, and 380 fallen trees removed. There is a complete restoration of essential services. There is no problem of drinking water, electricity, or any healthcare," Mishra told ANI.
The severe cyclonic storm now has weakened into a cyclonic storm over coastal Tamil Nadu and it is set to further weaken into a deep depression, the India Meteorological Department said.
Severe Cyclonic Storm “NIVAR” weakened into a Cyclonic Storm over north coastal Tamilnadu.The Cyclonic Storm ‘NIVAR’ would continue to move northwestwards and weaken further into a Deep Depression during next 06 hours and into a depression by subsequent 06 hours. pic.twitter.com/RxhbZ6Ix1O
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) November 26, 2020
Nivar made landfall near Puducherry in the wee hours of today even as heavy rains lashed Tamil Nadu and the union territory leading to inundation and uprooting of trees. The storm also weakened into a severe cyclonic storm after it crossed coast near Puducherry.
Shah speaks to CMs of TN, Puducherry; assures all possible help
Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to chief ministers of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and assured them of all possible help from the Centre in the wake of severe cyclonic storm Nivar.
The home minister said the central government is closely monitoring the situation in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry after the landfall of the cyclone and the National Disaster Response Force personnel are on the ground to help the needy.
— ANI (@ANI) November 26, 2020
Deputy Director General of Meteorology, Chennai, S Balachandran said rainfall is likely to continue in Tamil Nadu and the storm now lay inside the land area and it would further weaken.
Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam inspected the inundated areas.
The minister said about 2.5 lakh people were housed in cyclone shelters in Tamil Nadu as part of safety measures.
The Indian Navy put ships, aircraft, helicopters, diving, and disaster relief teams on standby. An Indian Coast Guard vessel has also been deployed off Chennai's coast with disaster relief items.
#CycloneNivarUpdate #IndianNavy ships, aircraft, helicopters, diving and disaster relief teams standby for rendering full support to State administration as Severe Cyclonic Storm #Nivar crosses Tamil Nadu & Puducherry coast.#HarKaamDeshKeNaam@SpokespersonMoD
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— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) November 25, 2020
The Indian Army has also deployed eight rescue teams by ‘Dakhshin Bharat Area’, following requisition by Puducherry civil authorities to undertake rescue operations.
With inputs from PTI and ANI