New Delhi: A tweet from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Hindi has become the centre of another storm in Tamil Nadu when the state is bracing for Cyclone Nivar on Wednesday.Also Read - Relief From Scorching Heat: IMD Predicts Cloudy Sky For Next 5 Days in Delhi; Monsoon To Arrive In Kerala Soon
To keep the residents of the state updated about eh cyclone, the IMD informed them about the potential hazards in the surrounding areas. However, the department inadvertently faced flak on Twitter from residents who were upset about a Twitter thread posted by the department that was typed out in Hindi. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Tourism: Pichavaram Mangrove is Ideal Weekend Escape For Nature Enthusiasts, See Instagram Worthy Pics!
The IMD said severe cyclonic storm ‘Nivar’ will intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm over the next 12 hours and cross the coast between Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Wednesday midnight or early Thursday. Also Read - As Delhi Temperature Starts Inching Up, Mercury May Touch Above 40°C In Next 3 Days
Part of precautionary measure, Tamil Nadu has declared a public holiday on Wednesday, Puducherry has imposed Section 144 for three days. 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.
“Why tweeting in Hindi?????? Hindi is Not A National Language,.! You do not know English or Tamil ??? (sic)” wrote one irked user in response.
Notably, Cyclone Nivar is the fourth cyclone in the North Indian Ocean region this year. The earlier three cyclones include Cyclone Amphan Cyclone Nisarga and Cyclone Gati.