Cyclone Gaja: The cyclonic storm Gaja with wind speed between 100-120 km per hour made landfall in Tamil Nadu on late Thursday night bringing heavy rainfall across the state and nearby regions. The cyclone made landfall in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore and Pamban regions. Educational institutions have been asked to remain shut and fishermen have been advised not to venture in deep sea. Earlier on Wednesday, Met department reports had said that the storm will cross Pamban and Cuddalore regions on Thursday afternoon, more precisely in the later part of the day. 

All disaster management, rescue and relief operations teams have been put on standby, while educational institutions have been asked to remain shut in the wake of the storm. Also fishermen in the region have also been asked to suspend their work especially along the Tamil Nadu coasts falling towards the north side, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry.

Schools and educational institutions in five districts of Tamil Nadu including Rameswaram were closed today. Earlier, the cyclone was expected to make a landfall between Pamban and Cuddalore Thursday afternoon. The authorities are on their toes as 10 teams of the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) have been kept on standby. The India Meteorological Department had said that cyclone Gaja will intensify this afternoon before hitting the coast between Pamban and Cuddalore. Over 30,000 personnel have been kept in readiness in various parts of the coastal districts. A couple of years ago, Chennai had witnessed one of the most severe rains that had brought normal life in the region to standstill. 

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02:32 (IST)

Eye of the cyclonic storm Gaja hits Tamil Nadu

Cyclonic storm Gaja is now making landfall in Tamil Nadu. As per reports, it will take approximately one hour for the storm to completely cross from sea to land. However, reports say that the wind speed will initially decrease but once it will make landfall, the speed is expected to rise.

02:21 (IST)

Cyclone Gaja: Latest visuals of heavy rainfall from Tamil Nadu

As cyclonic storm Gaja is about to make landfall in Tamil Nadu, the state have started experiencing heavy rainfall. Check out these latest visuals of heavy rainfall in Cuddalore.

02:18 (IST)

Strong winds, rainfall hit Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu

As cyclonic storm Gaja is expected to make landfall in Tamil Nadu shortly, several places in the state have started experiencing heavy rainfall.

02:12 (IST)

Cyclone Gaja to make landfall tonight

According to the latest India Meteorological Department release, cyclonic storm Gaja is expected make landfall in Tamil Nadu and nearby states tonight, more specifically, in an hour. The entire state and nearby regions including Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh will witness heavy rainfall.

13:14 (IST)

4 NDRF and 4 TNDRF teams positioned in Nagapattinam

Meanwhile, 4 NDRF teams and 4 TNDRF teams have been positioned in Nagapattinam district. We have 380 first responders to respond to the needs of people and 159 responders to protect animals. Collector has commenced efforts to evacuate people: Additional Secy, Revenue and Administration, Chennai.

13:10 (IST)

'People should be well-prepared'

Gagandeep Singh Bedi, Special Officer for Disaster Management.
Gagandeep Singh Bedi, Special Officer for Disaster Management, said cyclone Gaja is likely to make land fall in South of Cuddalore, in Nagapattinam district tonight today, government is making its best efforts in this regard and people should be well-prepared.

13:07 (IST)

NDRF and state disaster relief force teams on stand by

Four National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams and four state disaster relief force have been kept in readiness in Nagapattinam. He further added that the authorities have deployed 380 first responders to react to the needs of the people, adding that 159 responders are there to protect animals. Additional Secretary, Revenue and Administration, Chennai told ANI that the authorities have commenced efforts to evacuate people from the coastal areas of the state.

12:16 (IST)

Cuddalore Collector holds review meetings with officials

Earlier in the day, Cuddalore Collector Thiru V Anbuselvan and Disaster Management incharge Gagandeep Singh Bedi held a review meeting with officials as cyclone Gaja is expected to hit the coastal areas in the state tonight. The storm will make a landfall between Pamban and Cuddalore this afternoon.

12:10 (IST)

Cyclone Gaja will make landfall late night today

Gagandeep Singh Bedi, Special Officer for Disaster Management Tamil Nadu, said the cyclone Gaja will make landfall late night today, may be in South of Cuddalore, in Nagapattinam district. The government official further asked people to be well-prepared, adding that the authorities are making its best efforts in this regard.