Cyclone Nivar has already intensified in the a severe cyclonic storm while it was over the southwest Bay of Bengal, is most likely predicted to cross the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Wednesday night or early Thursday. There are high possibilities of it getting changed into a “very severe cyclonic storm” with a wind speed of 120 to 130kmph gusting to 145kmph.
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba called immediately the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) meeting on Tuesday through video conferencing with the chief secretaries of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh and secretaries of different ministries and asserted that their main aim should be to make sure that there must be as minimum damage as possible and no lives should be lost and life could come to ordinary state after cyclone as soon as possible.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD), had earlier predicted that cyclone was going to make landfall in the evening, updated the forecast to late Wednesday in its 6am bulletin.
Nivar may lead to massive landfall between Mamallapuram and Karaikal.