Chennai: Cyclone Nivar over southwest Bay of Bengal is very likely to intensify into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ on Wednesday, crossing Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts during November 25 late evening, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The storm currently lies 370km south south east of Chennai coast.Also Read - Man, Accused Of Misbehaving With Women, Hacked To Death By 4-Member Gang In Busy Street In Chennai
“It is very likely to move west-northwestwards for the next six hours and then northwestwards. It is very likely to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram during November 25 late evening as a very severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph,” IMD said. Also Read - Andhra Pradesh CM Performs First Concrete Pour for World’s largest Integrated Renewable Energy Storage Project
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As a result, heavy rainfall is predicted for north coastal and interior districts of Tamil Nadu and the wind speeds are likely to reach 120-130kmph and could go upto 145kmph.
In wake of the situation, the Tamil Nadu government has announced helpline numbers for districts that are likely to be affected by Cyclone Nivar.
Here is the list of government helplines numbers you may contact in case of emergencies:
Toll free number: 1913
Helpline: 044 2538 4530, 044 25384530, 044 25243454
Helpline: 0422 230114, 0422 2301523
Arakkonam: 04177236360, 9445000507
Arcot: 04172 235568, 9445000505
Walajah: 04172 232519, 94445000506
Helpline: 044 27427412, 044 27427414
Helpline: 04329 226709
Helpline: 04365 252500
Helpline Whatsapp: 9445071077
Helpline WhatsApp: 934536838
Toll-free number: 1077
Toll-free number: 1077
Disaster management control room: 1077, 044 27237207
In addition, the Tamil Nadu government has appealed to the people not to go out today as there are chances of fall of trees. Officials have been directed to ensure that there is no loss of life in coastal areas, and fishermen do not venture into the sea.
Nearly 1,200 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescue personnel have been deployed in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry and 800 others are on standby in view of the cyclone.