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UPDATES: 5 killed in Tamil Nadu as Nivar weakens into cyclonic storm

Malini T
·6-min read
A resident wades through a waterlogged road after heavy rains following Cyclone Nivar landfall in Puducherry on November 26, 2020. (Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)
A resident wades through a waterlogged road after heavy rains following Cyclone Nivar landfall in Puducherry on November 26, 2020. (Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)

At least five people have been killed due to Cyclone Nivar in Tamil Nadu, according to a News18 report.

'Great Accuracy, Job Well Done': Netizens Thank Weather Dept

"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.

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.

A resident wades along a waterlogged road after heavy rains following Cyclone Nivar landfall in Puducherry on November 26, 2020. (Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)
A resident wades along a waterlogged road after heavy rains following Cyclone Nivar landfall in Puducherry on November 26, 2020. (Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Motorists make their way along a waterlogged road after heavy rains following Cyclone Nivar landfall, in Puducherry on November 26, 2020. (Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Motorists make their way along a waterlogged road after heavy rains following Cyclone Nivar landfall, in Puducherry on November 26, 2020. (Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Motorists make their way along a waterlogged road after heavy rains following Cyclone Nivar landfall, in Puducherry on November 26, 2020. (Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Motorists make their way along a waterlogged road after heavy rains following Cyclone Nivar landfall, in Puducherry on November 26, 2020. (Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Motorists make their way along a waterlogged road after heavy rains following Cyclone Nivar landfall, in Puducherry on November 26, 2020. (Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Motorists make their way along a waterlogged road after heavy rains following Cyclone Nivar landfall, in Puducherry on November 26, 2020. (Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)
People wade along a waterlogged road after heavy rains following Cyclone Nivar landfall, in Puducherry on November 26, 2020. (Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)
People wade along a waterlogged road after heavy rains following Cyclone Nivar landfall, in Puducherry on November 26, 2020. (Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Men stand on a road divider next to dogs along a waterlogged road after heavy rains following Cyclone Nivar landfall, in Puducherry on November 26, 2020. (Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Men stand on a road divider next to dogs along a waterlogged road after heavy rains following Cyclone Nivar landfall, in Puducherry on November 26, 2020. (Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)
People wade along a waterlogged road after heavy rains following Cyclone Nivar landfall, in Puducherry on November 26, 2020. (Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)
People wade along a waterlogged road after heavy rains following Cyclone Nivar landfall, in Puducherry on November 26, 2020. (Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

People run from the Marina beach after sudden heavy rains before Cyclone Nivar's landfall, in Chennai, India, November 25, 2020. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar
People run from the Marina beach after sudden heavy rains before Cyclone Nivar's landfall, in Chennai, India, November 25, 2020. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar
A man walks amid rain at the Kasimedu Harbor on the Bay of Bengal coast in Chennai, India, Wednesday, Nov.25, 2020. India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu is bracing for Cyclone Nivar that is expected to make landfall on Wednesday. The state authorities have issued an alert and asked people living in low-lying and flood-prone areas to move to safer places. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)
A man walks amid rain at the Kasimedu Harbor on the Bay of Bengal coast in Chennai, India, Wednesday, Nov.25, 2020. India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu is bracing for Cyclone Nivar that is expected to make landfall on Wednesday. The state authorities have issued an alert and asked people living in low-lying and flood-prone areas to move to safer places. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)
A man tries to hold his umbrella against strong winds at the Kasimedu Harbor on the Bay of Bengal coast in Chennai, India, Wednesday, Nov.25, 2020. India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu is bracing for Cyclone Nivar that is expected to make landfall on Wednesday. The state authorities have issued an alert and asked people living in low-lying and flood-prone areas to move to safer places. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)
A man tries to hold his umbrella against strong winds at the Kasimedu Harbor on the Bay of Bengal coast in Chennai, India, Wednesday, Nov.25, 2020. India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu is bracing for Cyclone Nivar that is expected to make landfall on Wednesday. The state authorities have issued an alert and asked people living in low-lying and flood-prone areas to move to safer places. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)
People wade through a flooded street in Chennai, India, Wednesday, Nov.25, 2020. India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu is bracing for Cyclone Nivar that is expected to make landfall on Wednesday. The state authorities have issued an alert and asked people living in low-lying and flood-prone areas to move to safer places. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)
People wade through a flooded street in Chennai, India, Wednesday, Nov.25, 2020. India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu is bracing for Cyclone Nivar that is expected to make landfall on Wednesday. The state authorities have issued an alert and asked people living in low-lying and flood-prone areas to move to safer places. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)
A tree that fell collapsing a compound wall in Chennai, India, Wednesday, Nov.25, 2020. India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu is bracing for Cyclone Nivar that is expected to make landfall on Wednesday. The state authorities have issued an alert and asked people living in low-lying and flood-prone areas to move to safer places. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)
A tree that fell collapsing a compound wall in Chennai, India, Wednesday, Nov.25, 2020. India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu is bracing for Cyclone Nivar that is expected to make landfall on Wednesday. The state authorities have issued an alert and asked people living in low-lying and flood-prone areas to move to safer places. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)
People wade through a flooded street in Chennai, India, Wednesday, Nov.25, 2020. India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu is bracing for Cyclone Nivar that is expected to make landfall on Wednesday. The state authorities have issued an alert and asked people living in low-lying and flood-prone areas to move to safer places. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)
People wade through a flooded street in Chennai, India, Wednesday, Nov.25, 2020. India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu is bracing for Cyclone Nivar that is expected to make landfall on Wednesday. The state authorities have issued an alert and asked people living in low-lying and flood-prone areas to move to safer places. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)
A man wades through a flooded underpass in Chennai, India, Wednesday, Nov.25, 2020. India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu is bracing for Cyclone Nivar that is expected to make landfall on Wednesday. The state authorities have issued an alert and asked people living in low-lying and flood-prone areas to move to safer places. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)
A man wades through a flooded underpass in Chennai, India, Wednesday, Nov.25, 2020. India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu is bracing for Cyclone Nivar that is expected to make landfall on Wednesday. The state authorities have issued an alert and asked people living in low-lying and flood-prone areas to move to safer places. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

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.

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

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