Tamil Nadu : Cyclone Gaja which entered the shores has already crossed Tamil Nadu’s coast claiming 20 lives. Over 80,000 have been evacuated and moved to safer places.
Cyclone Gaja enters Tamil Nadu
As per reports by Tamil Nadu government, the severe cyclonic storm slammed into the Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and nearby Vedaranniyam bringing with it heavy rain, and causing severe damage top communication and power infrastructure, mainly in Nagapattinam district.
Speaking to reporters at Salem, Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami said relief work will be taken up on a war-footing and that the work was already underway.
Cyclone Gaja wreaks havoc in Tamil Nadu
The Tamil Nadu CM also announced that the families of the deceased will be provided a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each from the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund (CMPRF).
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More than 470 relief centers have been set across six districts and fishermen have been warned to stay away from the sea. All the evacuated citizens have been sent to the relief centers.
All schools and colleges have been declared holiday.
Tamil Nadu under attack by Cyclone Gaja
Rains lashed Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur and Thanjavur during the cyclone’s landfall, uprooting trees in several regions. Electricity supply was disconnected in Nagapattinan and several other coastal regions in view of the cyclone’s landfall as a precautionary measure, officials said.
Four teams of National Disaster Response Force personnel have been already deployed in Nagapattinam district while two teams of the state disaster response force in Cuddalore district.