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Poonam Singh

New Delhi:  spoke to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Chief Ministers Edappadi K. Palaniswami and V. Narayanasamy respectively and took stock of the situation in the wake of Cyclone Nivar on Thursday.

In the telephonic conversation, the Home Minister assured both the Chief Ministers of all possible help from the Centre.

"We are closely monitoring the situation in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the wake of Cyclone Nivar. Have spoken to CM Shri @EPSTamilNadu
and CM Shri @VNarayanasami and assured all possible help from the centre," Shah said.

The Home Minister added that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are already in place to help the people.

The very severe cyclonic storm Nivar crossed the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning with an estimated wind speed of 120-130 kmph, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The cyclone uprooted several trees and power lines in Tamil Nadu's Cuddalore, Marakkanam and in Puducherry.

Power supply in several areas was disrupted. The authorities are now removing the fallen trees.

Nivar weakens into cyclonic storm

The severe cyclonic storm Nivar weakened into a cyclonic storm over coastal Tamil Nadu and it is set to further weaken into a deep depression, the India Meteorological Department said on Thursday.

"Severe cyclonic storm Nivar weakened into a cyclonic storm over north coastal Tamil Nadu. The cyclonic storm Nivar would continue to move northwestwards and weaken further into a deep depression during next 06 hours and into a depression by subsequent 06 hours," the IMD said on its twitter handle.

Very severe cyclonic storm Nivar made landfall near Puducherry in the wee hours of today even as heavy rains lashed Tamil Nadu and the union territory leading to inundation and uprooting of trees.

Nivar also weakened into a severe cyclonic storm after it crossed coast near Puducherry.

(With Agency Inputs)

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