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India: Powerful storm ‘Nivar’ makes landfall

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A powerful cyclonic storm hurtled into India’s southern coast early Thursday, uprooting trees and packing strong winds and rains as tens of thousands of people took refuge in shelters.

The centre of Nivar made landfall at 3:05 am local time between Karaikal in Puducherry territory and Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu state with winds of up to 130 kilometres (81 miles) per hour.

Thousands of state and national emergency personnel were deployed in the southern regions of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry as authorities suspended power supply across several cities to prevent damage to the electricity grid.

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One woman in Tamil Nadu died after a boundary wall collapsed following heavy rains late Wednesday, local media reported.

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