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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.

Image Source: PTI/IANS

Cyclone Gaja, centered over Bay of Bengal, intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and crossed Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore on November 15, 2018. In its Thursday bulletin, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the cyclone moved at 14 kmph and lay centered over east-northeast of Nagapattinam at 5.30 a.m. Gaja is likely to move west-southwestwards and cross between Pamban and Cuddalore. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
Cyclone Gaja, centered over Bay of Bengal, intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and crossed Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore on November 15, 2018. In its Thursday bulletin, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the cyclone moved at 14 kmph and lay centered over east-northeast of Nagapattinam at 5.30 a.m. Gaja is likely to move west-southwestwards and cross between Pamban and Cuddalore. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
Waves crash onto the Kasimedu beach amidst Cyclone 'Gaja' centered over Bay of Bengal which intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and crossed Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore, in Chennai on November 15, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
Waves crash onto the Kasimedu beach amidst Cyclone 'Gaja' centered over Bay of Bengal which intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and crossed Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore, in Chennai on November 15, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
People at Kasimedu beach before the arrival of cyclone 'Gaja', in Chennai, on Thursday, November 15, 2018. Cyclone 'Gaja' intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and crossed the south Tamil Nadu coast by late this evening or night, with the government machinery put on high alert in vulnerable districts. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)
People at Kasimedu beach before the arrival of cyclone 'Gaja', in Chennai, on Thursday, November 15, 2018. Cyclone 'Gaja' intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and crossed the south Tamil Nadu coast by late this evening or night, with the government machinery put on high alert in vulnerable districts. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)
People seen at the Kasimedu beach as waves crash ahead of the Cyclone 'Gaja'. (Photo: IANS)
People seen at the Kasimedu beach as waves crash ahead of the Cyclone 'Gaja'. (Photo: IANS)
Fishing boats are anchored on Kasimedu beach amidst Cyclone 'Gaja'. (Photo: IANS)
Fishing boats are anchored on Kasimedu beach amidst Cyclone 'Gaja'. (Photo: IANS)
Fishing boats anchored on Kasimedu beach amidst Cyclone 'Gaja'.  (Photo: IANS)
Fishing boats anchored on Kasimedu beach amidst Cyclone 'Gaja'.  (Photo: IANS)
A person is hit by rough waves as they crash onto the Kasimedu beach amidst Cyclone 'Gaja' centered over Bay of Bengal. (Photo: IANS)
A person is hit by rough waves as they crash onto the Kasimedu beach amidst Cyclone 'Gaja' centered over Bay of Bengal. (Photo: IANS)
A view of vendors and visitors at Marina beach before the arrival of cyclone 'Gaja', in Chennai, on Thursday, November 15, 2018. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)
A view of vendors and visitors at Marina beach before the arrival of cyclone 'Gaja', in Chennai, on Thursday, November 15, 2018. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)
A group of people take selfie at Marina beach before the arrival of cyclone 'Gaja', in Chennai, on Thursday, November 15, 2018. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)
A group of people take selfie at Marina beach before the arrival of cyclone 'Gaja', in Chennai, on Thursday, November 15, 2018. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)
Dark clouds hover over Marina beach before the arrival of cyclone 'Gaja', in Chennai, on Thursday, November 15, 2018. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar) 
Dark clouds hover over Marina beach before the arrival of cyclone 'Gaja', in Chennai, on Thursday, November 15, 2018. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar) 
Fishermen pull their boats to safety ahead of the Cyclonic storm 'Gaja'. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)
Fishermen pull their boats to safety ahead of the Cyclonic storm 'Gaja'. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)
A fishermen parks his boat at fishing harbor as a part of precautionary measures in view of cyclonic storm 'Gaja' in Chennai, Wednesday November 14, 2018. Gaja is expected to cross coastal Tamil Nadu in the afternoon of Nov. 15 (PTI Photo)
A fishermen parks his boat at fishing harbor as a part of precautionary measures in view of cyclonic storm 'Gaja' in Chennai, Wednesday November 14, 2018. Gaja is expected to cross coastal Tamil Nadu in the afternoon of Nov. 15 (PTI Photo)
Published : November 16, 2018 12:18 PM IST
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