The south-eastern coast of India has been hit by cyclone Nilam, with wind speeds reaching km/h (60mph). The south-east of India is hit by Cyclone Nilam, with wind speeds reaching km/h (60 mph) and at least people being evacuated. Cyclone Nilam, which hit India’s southeastern coast late Wednesday, forced thousands to flee their homes in the state of Tamil Nadu, and.

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The deep depression at about km south-southeast of Chennai in the Bay of Bengal has intensified into a cyclone.

The cyclone, which has been named Nilam, is expected to cross Nagapattinam in north Tamil Nadu and Nellore in south Andhra Pradesh by October 31 evening. M Mohapatra, senior scientist at IMD, in a press briefing at New Delhi said that there is per cent probability of the nulam striking the Chennai-Nellore belt along the east Indian Coast.

Tropical Cyclone Nilam: Maldives, Sri Lanka, India

As a precaution, control rooms and help lines have been opened. Officials have been asked to prepare for evacuation from coastal villages.


Cyclone shelters along the coast are being readied. Fishers along north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh coasts have been advised not to venture into the sea.

Nellore and Prakasam districts are expected to have major impact of the cyclone, he adds.

World Health Organization, Tropical Cyclone Nilam: Maldives, Sri Lanka, India

In Krishna, which is a high cyclone-prone district, the administration has opened control rooms in coastal areas and has conducted an awareness campaign asking fishers to stay away from the sea. In Singarayakonda area in Prakasam district, high tides were cycolne this morning causing alarm.

However, no damage has been reported so far. A sixth warning signal indicating danger has been hoisted chclone the port areas of Krishnapatnam in Nellore district and Machlipatnam in Krishna district. In Visakhapatnam, Kakinada and Gangavaram port areas, third warning signals have been hoisted indicating people to be careful.

In Nellore and Prakasam there are chances of heavy rains. Chennai is witnessing rains and there are forecasts of more heavy rains. Schools and colleges have been shutdown in Chennai, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Kanchepuram districts and Puducherry.


According to D Karthikeyan, Chennai Corporation Commissioner, all field officials have been asked to stay in their offices at night; corporation schools and four community kitchens are being readied to be used as cyclonne relief centres.

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India braces for cyclone Nilam

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