Chennai: Cyclone Gaja brought heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu.
The cyclone is categorised “severe”. The cyclone crossed Nagapattinam and Vedaranniyam in the wee hours of Friday. The winds were gusting up to 120 kmph.
At least 11 lives were lost owing to the destruction caused by the cyclone.
CM Palaniswami has announced immediate relief of Rs 10 lakh for the families of the deceased. The rehabilatory and relief work is taken up on a war-footing. Meteorologists estimate the cyclone to weaken gradually and progress on to a cyclonic storm. The government has evacuated as much as 81,948 people from low-lying areas. The evacuees are housed in 471 relief centers across six districts.
The relief camps are situated in the districts of Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram and Tiruvarur.
The famed statue of Jesus Christ in the Vellankani Church was cyclone hit and partially damaged. The Tamil Nadu CM accused the BJP led center of not sanctioning funds needed for disaster management. The Indian coast guard have made efforts to ensure that no fishermen ventures out or is stranded in the sea.
Meanwhile weather forecasts predict rain shower in Kerala as well owing to cyclone Gaja. The districts of Kottayam, Ernakulam, Kollam, Pattanamthitta, Palakkad etc. expects heavy rainfall. Kerala expects strong winds of 30-40 kmph which can be up to 50 kmph. Meanwhile, DMK leader MK Stalin praised the Tamil Nadu government’s efforts in tackling the cyclone. Actor turned politician Kamal Hassan also applauded the government’s vigilant efforts that eased rescue operations. The district of Nagapattinam has faced most damages.