Cyclone Nivar

The Bay of Bengal will observe its second Severe Cyclone of the year called the cyclone Nivar. Earlier in this year, Super Cyclone Amphan made a landfall. The cyclone Nivar is likely to hit between Mamallapuram and Karaikal of Tamil Nadu. It will hit the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry.


  • The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast the development of  cyclone in Southwest region of the Bay of Bengal. It is the region off the Tamil Nadu coast.
  • This cyclone will be the second hit in the State of Tamil Nadu within two years. Earlier, in 2018, Cyclone Gaja has hit the state.

Cyclone Nivar

Once the cyclone is intensified, it would acquire the name ‘Nivar’. This name has been proposed by Iran. The depression that has been emerged in the bay of Bengal would intensify into cyclone soon. The wind speed is expected to range between 70 to 80 km/ hr to 90km/ hr. It is also predicted that, the cyclone may further turn into a Severe Cyclone category with a speed of 90 to 100 km/hr gusting to 110 km/hr. The cyclone would cause an extremely heavy rain of the order of 20 cm or more.

Which areas would be affected?

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued red alert in the state of Tamil Nadu. Heavy rain has also been forecast over Rayalaseema, Telangana, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Karaikal and south Karnataka. The cyclone might also hit the Southern Chhattisgarh and Odisha. IMD has estimated that the cyclone would cause damage to the Temporary houses and huts. It might uproot the Power and communication lines and  trees. It could also damage the Standing crops as the cyclone would be carrying the saline water.