Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke to Tamilnadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and reviewed the cyclone situation and safety measures. The PM also spoke to Puducherry CM V Narayanasami.
“Spoke to Tamil Nadu CM Shri @EPSTamilNadu and Puducherry CM Shri @VNarayanasami regarding the situation in the wake of Cyclone Nivar,” Modi said in a tweet.
The Prime Minister added: “Assured all possible support from the Centre. I pray for the safety and well-being of those living in the affected areas.”
Palaniswami on Monday chaired a high-level meeting to assess its impending impact. He announced precautionary measures, including suspension of bus services in seven districts – Pudukkottai, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Cuddalore, Villupuram and Chengalpattu – from Tuesday noon, until further orders.
Palaniswami also made an appeal to the people asking them not to venture out in the coming couple of days (24 and 25 November), except for essential needs, as there were high chances of trees getting uprooted due to the strong winds triggered by Cyclone Nivar.
He instructed officials of the local administrations, municipalities, revenue, fire, public works, highways, electricity, health and other departments to be ready with adequate lighting equipment, JCBs, lorries, tree-removal equipment, sandbags and electric poles from Monday evening in districts that are on the path of the cyclone.