Tree wounded injured in Nagapattinam in the rain and strong winds of the night (Image: ANI) Cyclone Gaja landed on…
Cyclone Gaja landed on Tamil Nadu coast in the early hours of Friday and killed two people and injured. The storm, which had intensified into the “difficult” category on Thursday night, crossed the coast between Nagapattinam and nearby Vedaranniyam between 1
2.30 and 2.30. Trees have been exchanged and houses were damaged in Nagapattinam in the rain and strong winds of the night. Cyclone Gaja has caused rain and wind speed gusting up to 120 kmph. A comprehensive rescue operation was launched and precautions were taken. “Two dead and one injured in the Tamil Nadus Cuddalore district,” says Tamil Nadu minister MC Sampath, adding that “People who have lost their lives in the cyclone will get ex-gratia of state government.”
IMD forecast: A meteorological department from India said: “Serious cyclone storm Gaja crossed the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranniyam … with wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting up to 120 kmph, early Friday . ” “Even if the center of cyclone is over land, the rear section of the eye is still over the ocean. It takes about an hour to move over land,” said the IMD bulletin at 3.15. In its latest bulletin, IMD said that the difficult cyclonic storms are likely to move westward and gradually weaken to a cyclone storm in the next six hours.
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Heavy rain to lash Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka: Heavy to much rainfall is likely to occur across the southern districts of Tamil Nadu and southern parts of Kerala. Isolated rain is likely to rinse the northern districts of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, northern Kerala and and interiors in southern Karnataka.
When the cyclone landfall began, coastal cities, including Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Thondi and Pamban in Tamil Nadu and Karaikkal and Puducherry rainfall were received between 3 cm and 8 cm. Cuddalore got 8 cm, Nagapattinam 5 cm and nearby Puducherry and Karaikkal 5 cm each to 5:30 Friday, according to a MeT official in Chennai.
Government action: According to the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority, as many as 81,948 people were evacuated from low-lying areas and protected in 471 relief centers in six districts-Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Ramanathapuram and Tiruvarur. The state government had declared holidays for schools and colleges in Nagapattinam. The electricity supply was disconnected here and in several other coastal areas in view of the landfall of the cyclone.
Four teams, each of the National Disaster Response Staff, have already been deployed in the Nagapattinam district while two teams in the state’s disaster response force in the Cuddalore district, officials said on Thursday. The government has notified help number 1070 (state level) and 1077 (district) for those who may need help. The Tamil Nadu government said the fallen trees were removed early.