Cyclone Nirvar weakens after making landfall

Cyclone Nirvar (Photo: Express desk)

NDRF deployed 25 teams for rescue operation in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry

PTI: After making a landfall near Puducherry in the early hours of Thursday, the very severe cyclonic storm Nivar weakened into a weak cyclonic storm, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). There has been no loss of life, even though some property damaged has been reported.

Tamil Nadu Revenue Minister R B Udhayakumar said, about 2.5 lakh people were housed in cyclone shelters in Tamil Nadu as part of safety measures. The minister added that crops and groves were safe in the state. Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam inspected the inundated areas


Over 1,000 trees were uprooted in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, according to estimate.  Revenue, civic and police authorities are coordinating and removing uprooted trees. Authorities said that the power supply, which was disconnected in most coastal regions, was in the process of being restored and waterlogging was also being drained.

IMD had predicted earlier that Nivar would cross the coast near Puducherry with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph, gusting up to 145 kmph. The landfall of Nivar began late on Wednesday night.

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,” he told PTI.

Aakanksha Madhavaram