Cyclone Gaja LIVE updates: At least 23 people have died as cyclone Gaja made landfall between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam in the wee hours of Friday. The severe cyclonic storm crossed Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast with wind speeds gusting up to 120kmph, reports said. More than 30,000 rescue personnel have been kept on standby as a precautionary measure and thousands have been evacuated from low-lying areas and have been shifted to relief camps set up by the authorities in various districts of the state. All educational institutions including schools will remain shut in Nagapattinam today.
Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority has opened district-level helpline 1077 for people to contact in case of emergency.
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Tamil Nadu: Visuals from Thiruvarur's Kokaladi village affected due to Gaja Cyclone.
The destruction of severe Gaja cyclone can be seen in Thiruvarur's Kokaladi village. The visuals of damaged houses, electric poles and uprooted trees have recently surfaced on social media.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami has announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the kin of deceased. Commenting on the injured ones, the chief minister said that they will be getting Rs 1 lakh each and all those who faced minor injuries will be getting Rs 25,000 each.
Just got information that 11 persons have died because of #GajaCyclone till now. Government to give 10 lakh rupees to the kin of the deceased, 1 lakh rupees to those severely injured & 25 thousand to those who received minor injuries: Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswamy pic.twitter.com/e7V75Oa2Jn— ANI (@ANI) November 16, 2018
Commenting on the damage caused by cyclone Gaja, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami said that Nagapattinam district has been heavily damaged. He added that total, 471 relief camps have been established in which 81,948 ppl are staying. Tamil Nadu Cm said that their government will be seeking assistance from the Central government after completing the assessment of the damage.
Nagapattinam district has been heavily damaged by #GajaCyclone. In total, 471 relief camps have been established in which 81,948 ppl are staying. We"ll seek assistance from central govt after assessment is done by our officials in the affected areas: Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswamy pic.twitter.com/7lA4J3U1lz— ANI (@ANI) November 16, 2018
Speaking about the condition of the state post-Gaja, Gagandeep Singh Bedi, in-charge for Disaster Management Officer, said that Cuddalore district has been moderately affected. Due to the moderate rainfall and winds, there are many instances of trees falling down. Since administration was on alert nothing major has happened. Reports suggest that at least 6 passenger trains have been cancelled in wake of the cyclone.
Cuddalore district has been moderately affected. Due to the moderate rainfall and winds, there are many instances of trees falling down. Since administration was on alert nothing major has happened: Gagandeep Singh Bedi, In-charge for Disaster Management Officer #GajaCyclone pic.twitter.com/htWEoYMccE— ANI (@ANI) November 16, 2018
As per reports, at least six trains have been cancelled in southern districts.
1. Train No.56723 Madurai–Rameswaram Passenger
2. Train No.56724 Rameswaram–Madurai Passenger
3. Train No.56721 Madurai-Rameswaram Passenger
4. Train No.56722 Rameswaram-Madurai Passenger.
5. Train No.56829 Tiruchchirappalli – Rameswaram Passenger.
6. Train No.56830 Rameswaram – Tiruchchirappalli Passenger.
#Gaja #GajaCyclone #GajaCycloneUpdate— Yazhiniyan (@yazh_dtnext) November 16, 2018
Six passenger trains cancelled in southern districts
4.Train No.56722 Rameswaram-Madurai Passenger.
5.Train No.56829 Tiruchchirappalli – Rameswaram Passenger.
6.Train No.56830 Rameswaram – Tiruchchirappalli Passenger. (2/2)
Cyclone Gaja LIVE updates
Commenting on the destruction caused by cyclone Gaja in Cuddalore district, state minister MC Sampath said that the state government has announced an exgratia to the families of the people who lost their lives in the cyclone. Thousands of rescue personnel have reportedly been kept on standby as a precautionary measure.
#GajaCyclone: Two dead and one injured in Tamil Nadu's Cuddalore district. MC Sampath, State Minister, says, "People who have lost their lives in the cyclone will be given ex-gratia by the state govt." pic.twitter.com/UaXV7d9Sxq— ANI (@ANI) November 16, 2018
Anna University cancels exams
All exams of Anna University has been cancelled in Tamil Nadu on November 15 amid cyclone Gaja warning from Indian meteorological department (IMD). The exam is rescheduled to November 22, a notification on the university website said.
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