Cyclone Nivar crosses Tamil Nadu coast
Very Severe Cyclone Nivar hit the coast late last night and its landfall was completed early today morning. It crossed the shores near Marakkanam in Tamil Nadu, close to Puducherry. While crossing, the cyclone triggered fierce winds of speed ranging from 120 to 130 kilometers per hour, gushing to 140 km per hour. It also led to torrential rainfall in many coastal areas including in Chennai. The sea has been ferocious during the landfall. Several rivers and rivulets and water bodies are receiving copious waters.
The Met Department has said the cyclone will start weakening in about six hours after the landfall. However, the rain activity under its impact will continue for more than 15 hours. Over 1.2 lakh people were shifted from vulnerable areas in coastal districts ahead of the cyclone’s landfall and are sheltered in relief camps. Reports of uprooting of trees due to the cyclone keep coming from several places.