After heavy rains and strong winds that uprooted trees and damaged houses in coastal Tamil Nadu, Cyclone Gaja hit the state’s Nagapattinam district early Friday morning.
As the cyclone made landfall at around 1.40 am, with its eye reaching the coastal belt between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam, the intensity of the winds decreased for a brief period before rising again.
Cyclonic Gaja made landfall in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu around 1:40 am on Friday. Heavy rain and strong winds have been lashing the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu since Thursday evening and damage was caused in coastal districts, it is learnt.
A total of 63,203 people have been evacuated and housed in 331 relief centres in six districts. A holiday has been declared for educational institutions in seven districts. Here are the latest updates on Cyclone Gaja.
Four teams each of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel have been already deployed in Nagapattinam district, while two teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed in Cuddalore district.
As the outer band of the pressure system approached land, heavy rains had lashed several parts of Nagapattinam district and surrounding areas, including Karaikal, since Thursday evening while power supply was disconnected as a precautionary measure in the region, officials said.
Anna University has announced the cancellation of exams as Tamil Nadu awaited the onslaught of Cyclone Gaja. The university said that a new date for examinations would be announced later.
An IMD bulletin said, ““Major damage to thatched huts/houses, rooftops may blow off and unattached metal sheets may fly. Damage to power and communication lines. Major damage to Kutcha and minor damage to Pucca roads. Breaking of tree branches and uprooting of large avenue trees. Damage to paddy crops, banana, papaya trees and orchards. Sea water inundation in low lying area after erosion of Kutcha embankments”.