The Puducherry Chief Minister said large gatherings had been banned and public movement prohibited from 9 PM to six AM Thursday. He also said non-essential shops and services had been shut; only milk booths, fuel stations, hospitals and pharmacies, and government offices are going to be allowed to open.
What is Cyclone Nivar
Cyclone Nivar, which can likely become a "very severe cyclonic storm", is predicted to form landfall today evening between Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu (which is around 56 km from the capital Chennai) and Karaikal in Puducherry. Nivar will bring extremely heavy rainfall and winds between 120 and 130 km per hour, with gusts of up to 145 km per hour, the Regional Meteorological Centre in Chennai has advised, adding that coastal areas could receive heavy rains till Thursday.
Around 1,200 National Disaster Response Force personnel are deployed in Tamil Nadu , Puducherry and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh also , NDRF chief SN Pradhan told PTI. 12 teams are in Tamil Nadu , seven in Andhra Pradesh and three in Puducherry. a further 20 teams are going to be on standby in Odisha's Cuttack, Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh and Thrissur in Kerala.
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