Updated: 11/19/2018 1:41:12 AM
Cyclone Gaja has left a trail of destruction in the southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Puducherry, claiming the lives of at least 45 people.
Around 250,000 people have been evacuated in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, where wind speeds reached 120kmph when the storm made landfall on Nov. 16. Last week, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued a red warning, the highest category, for the eastern coastal states, telling locals to watch out for heavy rains and strong winds. Fishermen were also asked not to go out to sea.
Updated: 11/18/2018 2:15:52 AM
The death toll from a cyclone that battered India's eastern coast has reached 33, a disaster official said on Sunday (Nov 18), as authorities assessed the damage caused by the powerful storm.
Thousands of trees were felled by winds that destroyed homes and hundreds of thousands were forced to flee to shelters.
Updated: 11/16/2018 6:10:53 AM
Nagapattinam district has been heavily damaged by cyclone Gaja. In total, 471 relief camps have been established in which 81,948 people are staying. We'll seek assistance from central government after assessment is done by our officials in the affected areas, ANI quoted Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswami as saying.
Updated: 11/16/2018 1:44:28 AM
Cyclone Gaja which crossed Tamil Nadu’s coast early Friday, has claimed 20 lives, says a press release issued by the Tamil Nadu government on Friday. The severe cyclonic storm slammed into the Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and nearby Vedaranniyam bringing with it heavy rain, and causing severe damage to communication and power infrastructure, mainly in Nagapattinam district.
Over 80,000 people were evacuated from low-lying areas and have been moved into more than 470 relief centers in six districts, and fishermen were warned to stay away from the sea.
Updated: 11/15/2018 11:01:09 AM
63,000 People Evacuated, Schools and Colleges Shut as Tamil Nadu Prepares to Battle Cyclone 'Gaja'
At the time of landfall, wind speed of 80-90 km/h gusting up to 100 km/h and heavy rains were likely along the region.
The state government said a total of 63,203 people have been evacuated and housed in 331 relief centres in six districts, including Cuddalore and Nagapattinam.
The Coast Guard and Navy personnel were keeping a close watch on the coastal areas in and around Rameswaram and Pamban. Local fishermen said the sea off Danushkodi was 'dead silent' through the day, adding it was unusual and expressed concern.
India Meteorological Department has advised everyone to 'take action' to brace for impact when Cyclone Gaja makes landfall this evening.
Updated: 11/15/2018 9:44:13 AM
yclone 'Gaja', which intensified into a severe cyclonic storm on Thursday, is expected to cross the south Tamil Nadu coast by late this evening or night, prompting the government machinery to announce high alert in vulnerable districts.
Over 30,000 rescue personnel are kept on standby by the state government and all educational institutions in Puducherry and Karaikal regions will remain closed today.
"Two Indian Naval ships — Ranvir and Khanjar — are standing by to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake humanitarian aid and distress relief," a Navy official was quoted saying by PTI.
Helicopters, Dornier aircraft and one P8I aircraft are also on standby to undertake reconnaissance, rescue and casualty evacuation, the official added.
Updated: 11/14/2018 1:26:25 AM
The anticlockwise looping of the cyclonic storm GAJA on its track has delayed its coastal approach. While most earlier forecasts predicted landfall on Thursday morning, the latest forecasts suggest that it may cross the Tamil Nadu coast anytime between Thursday afternoon to 01:30 am, midnight (Friday). However, heavy rainfall will start in the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu from Wednesday.
Updated: 11/12/2018 4:31:08 AM
The India Meteorological Department has issued a red alert for areas in coastal Tamil Nadu as Cyclone Gaja, a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal, is set to make landfall on Thursday, November 15. This includes Chennai, which may experience very heavy rainfall on Thursday and Friday as the cyclone makes landfall between Chennai and Nagapattinam.
Published Sunday, November 11, 2018
A deep depression over southeast Bay Bengal has intensified into a cyclonic storm, named ‘Gaja’, and is expected to hit the northern coast of Tamil Nadu between Karaikal and Cuddalore on the midnight of November 14, bringing heavy rainfall accompanied by wind speeds up to 100 kmph.
The India Meteorological Department on Sunday said the cyclone would intensify further into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ by Monday and is likely to move west south-westwards towards north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts. However, it is likely to weaken and cross the coasts of Cuddalore (Tamil Nadu) and Sriharikota (Andhra) as a cyclonic storm.
Storm Gaja Facts
Affected Area: 600 km.
Alert Level: Red
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