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On Tuesday, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that Nivar had escalated into a cyclonic storm and was likely to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Wednesday night.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he spoke to the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry chief ministers on Tuesday and assured the Centre of all possible support in view of the severe cyclone storm Nivar.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “Speak to Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami and Puducherry CM V. Narayanasamy about the situation in the wake of #CycloneNivar. Provided all possible support from the Centre. I pray for the safety and well-being of those who live in the affected areas.”

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On Tuesday, Nivar intensified into a cyclonic storm and is very likely to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Wednesday night, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

“The IMD tweeted, “Deep depression has intensified into a cyclone storm—NIVAR over south-western Bay of Bengal—(Cyclone alert for the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry – Yellow Message).

According to the news agency ANI, rainfall is expected to start on Tuesday and continue until Thursday in both states. In the northern coastal and delta districts, extremely heavy rainfall is expected.

A review meeting was held by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami, who urged his cabinet members and officials to remain fully alert and to take the necessary measures. The Chief Minister announced the suspension of inter-and intra-district bus services from 1 PM this afternoon until further orders in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Villupuram, and other districts.

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On the other hand, V Narayanasamy, Chief Minister of Puducherry, said that the administration had drawn a multi-pronged approach to the cyclonic storm.

80 relief centres, relief centres, control rooms in all departments, and people’s rehabilitation in low-lying areas are being set up by the government. All shops were asked to close on Tuesday evening, Narayanasamy said it was advised not to venture into the sea, adding fishermen.