Modi Government monitoring situation in Tamil Nadu, says Shah

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As Cyclone Nivar passes through the states of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, the Centre assures support

By Neeladri Bhattacharjee, November 26, 2020

Home Minister Amit Shah has said that the centre is monitoring the situation in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during the Cyclone Nivar, according to ANI. “Have spoken to Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami & Puducherry CM V.Narayanasamy and assured all possible help from the centre. NDRF teams are on ground to help people in need”, he said.

Cyclone Nivar weakened from ‘extremely severe hurricane’ to ‘severe storm’ after making landfall, still wreaking havoc in Chennai and Puducherry. According to Meteorological Department, the cyclone is now moving towards south-interior districts of Karnataka.

Fishermen from south-coastal Andhra Pradesh and north-coastal Tamil Nadu have been advised not to sail into the sea. Chennai is expected to have moderate rainfall tomorrow as well.

The Meteorological department had estimated the cyclone to hit Tamil Nadu’s coast by Wednesday evening with wind speeds as high as 150 kmph. As a result, the state government announced section 144 to keep people indoors.

Evacuation operations were conducted in vulnerable areas and over 1200 personnel were stationed to conduct rescue operations while 800 soldiers were kept in reserve. On Thursday morning, glimpses of relief camps showed people being served breakfast there.

The Central Government has been active to assure assistance to states in case of natural disasters. Previously, in case of Amphan, that hit the states of West Bengal and Odisha, the Modi Government visited the affected areas, sanctioning relief fund accordingly.

In case of Nivar, the financial harm and destruction of life and property are yet to be determined. When the storm passes, that will be one of the first things to look into for the Palaniswami government. So will be the case for the Centre as well.