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India: Cyclone Nivar makes landfall; tens of thousands evacuated

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Cyclone Nivar, which the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has described as a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’, has made landfall.

The centre of the cyclone will cross coast near the southern coast of Puducherry within next 2 hours with wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph.

Thus, Puducherry, parts of Tamil Nadu and southern Andhra Pradesh are expected to witness heavy rainfall through the day. Tamil Nadu government has declared a public holiday for 13 districts, including Chennai, tomorrow (November 26). Moreover, Chennai Airport has also suspended its operations beginning 7 pm today till 7 am tomorrow.

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Officials in Tamil Nadu have said that heavy rain is unlikely to cause flooding like in 2015.

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