Severe cyclonic storm 'Gaja' kills 10 in Tamil Nadu; 80,000 evacuated
Updated : November 16, 2018 12:18 PM IST
Severe cyclonic storm 'Gaja' made landfall early Friday, unleashing heavy rains and winds of 90 kilometers (55 miles) per hour and killed at least 10 people in Tamil Nadu.
As the cyclone's landfall began, coastal towns including Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Thondi and Pamban in Tamil Nadu and Karaikkal and Puducherry received rainfall ranging between 3 cm and 8 cm.
According to the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority, as many as 81,948 people were evacuated from low-lying areas and sheltered in 471 relief centres in six districts-Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Ramanathapuram and Tiruvarur.
Heavy rains and strong winds lashed neighbouring Puducherry also. District Collector Vijay Abhijit Choudhury told PTI that a 70-year old woman in Vanrapet village in the town limits sustained head injuries when the wall of the neighbouring house collapse last night under the impact of the rain.