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Cyclone Gaja Wreaks Havoc in Tamil Nadu

Cyclone Gaja Hits Tamil Nadu (IANS) Serious cyclone storm Gaja crossing the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast between Nagapattinam and…

Cyclone Gaja Hits Tamil Nadu (IANS)

Serious cyclone storm Gaja crossing the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranniyam in the early hours of Friday between 12:30 and 02:30 with a wind speed of 100- 110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph took heavy rain in the coastal district, said India Meteorological Department.

At least six deaths were reported from Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur districts – one person was electrolyzed while wall collapse required five others.

The cyclone caused property damage, especially in Vedharanyam in the Nagapattinam district. The cyclone caused chaos in the Pudukkottai district as well. The strong wind hurt several straw ceilings and forced many trees and electric poles in Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur and Pudukkottai district.

Power supply was affected in Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Pudukkottai, Karaikal, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur and Trichy districts. A total of 46 substations were affected in Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Pudukottai and Puducherry. It can take at least two days for power supply to be restored in Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur districts, officials said.

The traffic was hit by the Nagore-Nagapattinam road, as several decayed trees lay on the road. They were removed. Mobile communications networks were disturbed in the Nagapattinam district. Sea water flooded many fishing ports, including Keechankuppam and Akkaraipettai, in the Nagapattinam district.

Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Trichy and Ariyalur districts have also suffered moderate rain. A vacation has been announced for schools and colleges in Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukottai, Trichy, Ariyalur, Madurai, Theni Karur, Erode, Dindigul district on Friday.

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1; Trichy Air India Express aircraft is scheduled to arrive Trichy was diverted to Kochi due to bad weather. Trichy-Erode and Trichy-Karur passenger trains stopped halfway due to power outage.

(With inputs from Deepak Karthik)


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