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#StopHindiImposition: Tamilians Furious after Met Dept Tweets Cyclone Nivar Updates in Hindi Only

A fishing boat approaches as cyclone Nivar barrels towards the eastern coast, at Kasimedu fishing harbour in Chennai on Tuesday. (AFP)

A fishing boat approaches as cyclone Nivar barrels towards the eastern coast, at Kasimedu fishing harbour in Chennai on Tuesday. (AFP)

India Meteorological Department is facing backlash from the non-Hindi speaking public who were particularly miffed about a Twitter thread posted by the Ministry that was typed out in Hindi.

In yet another incident causing outrage on social media, citizens, especially from those residing down south have shunned the Twitter posts on Cyclone Nivar by India Meteorological Department.

Cyclone Nivar, the second cyclone in the Bay of Bengal this year after Cyclone Amphan, is expected to intensify into a “very severe cyclonic storm” and cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram late in the evening of November 25, India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra said.

While Tamil Nadu has declared a public holiday on Wednesday, Puducherry has imposed Section 144 for three days. Nearly 1,200 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescue personnel have been deployed in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry and 800 others are on standby.

To keep the residents on their toes and informed about the potential hazards in the surrounding areas expected to be in the direct line of cyclone, India Meteorological Department has been tweeting out crucial updates to minimise the potential damage expected during the landfall of Nivar.

Also Read: What is Cyclone Nivar and When Will it Make its Landfall in Tamil Nadu? All You Need to Know

However, the department inadvertently faced severe flak on Tuesday from the non-Hindi speaking public who were particularly miffed about a Twitter thread posted by the Ministry that was typed out in Hindi.

"Why tweeting in Hindi?????? Hindi is Not A National Language,.! You do not know English or Tamil ??? (sic)" wrote one irked user in response.

Soon after, #StopHindiImposition began trending on the microblogging site as netizens voiced their displeasure over the usage of Hindi language for cyclonic updates in Tamil Nadu and Bay of Bengal.

Notably, the department is also tweeting updates in English.

Cyclone Nivar is the fourth cyclone in the North Indian Ocean region this year. The earlier three cyclones were – Cyclone Amphan that hit the eastern Indian Subcontinent in May, Cyclone Nisarga that hit Maharashtra in June 2020, and Cyclone Gati that made landfall in Somalia on November 22. Cyclone Nivar will be the second cyclone to hit Tamil Nadu in two years after Cyclone Gaja in 2018.

Cyclone Nivar came into being after the build-up of a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal that turned into a severe cyclonic storm. It is most likely to hit the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on November 25. The India Meteorological Department has warned of extremely heavy rains and strong winds with speeds up to 120 kmph. Many districts in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry are also bracing themselves for flooding.

You can catch the live updates on Cyclone Nivar here.

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