Cyclonic storm Gaja crossed the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast between Nagapattinam and nearby Vedaranniyam early Friday, November 16, with wind speeding up to 120 kmph.
Tamil Nadu government has announced helpline numbers 1070 (state-level) and 1077 (districts) for those who may need assistance.
Here are 10 key updates:
2. A holiday has been declared for educational institutions in Nagapattinam. Electricity supply was disconnected in Nagapattinam and several other coastal regions. Four teams each of National Disaster Response Force personnel have been already deployed in Nagapattinam.
3. Two teams of the state disaster response force were deployed in Cuddalore district.
4. “The center of the cyclone is over land, but the rear sector of eyewall is over the sea. It will take about an hour to move over land,” an IMD bulletin issued at 3.15 am said.
Severe Cyclonic Storm GAJA crossed TN & Puducherry coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranniyam near lat 10.5, long 79.8 with wind speed of 100-110kmph gusting to 120kmph during 0030 to 0230 IST of 16th Nov, 2018. pic.twitter.com/5DknTETE46
— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) November 15, 2018
5. IMD also said that the cyclonic storm is likely to move nearly westwards and weaken gradually into a cyclonic storm during the next few hours.
6. During the cyclone’s landfall, rains struck Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, and Thanjavur, uprooting trees in several regions.
7. Heavy rain and strong winds had started in the coastal regions of Tamil Nadu from early Thursday evening.
8. Kerala CMO had advised the fishing workers to not to venture into the southeast Arabian Sea along and off Kerala coast, Comorin area and Gulf of Mannar between November 16 and 20.
9. The Southern Railway cancelled four trains, including three from Chennai to destinations in Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur and Thanjavur districts. It also diverted four express trains bound for southern districts, a release said.
10. The Indian Navy is also on high alert. Two Navy ships – Ranvir and Khanjar – are standing by to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake humanitarian aid, distress relief, evacuation, and logistic support, including providing medical aid, the Navy said. Naval aircraft are also standing by to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, casualty, evacuation and air drop of relief material to the stranded.
News credit : Indiatoday