Heavy rain wreaked havoc in parts of northern Tamil Nadu and Puducherry as cyclone Nivar made landfall on the coast of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry late on Wednesday.
Over one lakh people have been evacuated and the National Disaster Response Force has earmarked a total of 50 teams for rescue efforts.
Bus, rail and flight services remain suspended in Chennai, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Chengalpattu, Puducherry and Karaikal. Chennai airport suspended operations till 7 am today. The suspension is likely to be extended based on the ground situation. The Chennai Metro was halted after 7 pm yesterday.