At least five fatalities were reported within and around Chennai (Tamil Nadu state) after Tropical Cyclone Nivar made landfall to the north of Puducherry during early Thursday, November 26. The deaths were reportedly caused by falling trees, drowning, and electrocution as Nivar brought heavy rainfall and high winds to the city, flooding some of its streets. Flooding was also reported in Puducherry, particularly in the Kamaraj Nagar area. Some property damage was also reported in the Tamil Nadu districts of Ranipet, Tirupathur, and Vellore, prompting hundreds to be moved to relief centers. Flooding has also been reported in low-lying areas of Puducherry and northern parts of Tamil Nadu. Nivar was sustaining winds of up to 130kph (81mph) at landfall; however, these have weakened as the cyclone moves inland. Emergency workers have been deployed to remove fallen trees and power lines in Chennai. Chennai International Airport (MMA) has resumed flight operations following a temporary suspension due to the approach of the cyclone. Metro and bus services have also resumed in Chennai.
Further associated disruptions to transport, business, and utilities are possible over the coming days as the storm system passes.
India's coastlines are susceptible to cyclones from April through December. Tropical disturbances can and have caused significant human casualties and widespread damage, primarily from flooding but also from wind damage.
Those in affected areas are advised to monitor weather reports, confirm road conditions before heading out, avoid areas directly hit by flooding, and adhere to any directives or advice issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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