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Cyclone Gaja LIVE Update: 20 Killed, Over 80,000 Evacuated as Storm Batters Coastal Tamil Nadu

Cyclone Gaja LIVE Update: 20 Killed, Over 80,000 Evacuated as Storm Batters Coastal Tamil Nadu: The Indian Navy are put on high alert due to the cyclonic storm Gaja, which is now approaching towards the coast of south Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The cyclonic storm is poised to reach the coast on Thursday evening. An official statement stated that “The Eastern Naval Command (ENC) has assumed a high degree of readiness to render necessary humanitarian assistance. Two Indian Naval ships Ranvir and Khanjar are standing by to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake Humanitarian Aid Distress Relief (HADR), evacuation, logistic support including providing medical aid. These ships will be embarked with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats, integral helicopters and relief material that include food, tentage, clothes, medicines, blankets, etc.”

Latest Cyclone Gaja live updates

15:06 (IST)16 NOV 2018

 

Strong winds, rain likely in Kerala

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has tweeted that the ‘Gaja’ cyclonic storm is likely to cause rainfall in most districts in the state.  Kerala is also expected to experience strong winds with speeds from 30-40 km per hour to 50 km per hour.

GAJA Cyclonic Storm is likely to cause downpour in most districts in the State. The districts of Malappuram, Kollam and in between districts are likely to experience strong winds with speed reaching 30-40 kmph gusting to 50 kmph.

 

Nagapattinam district has been heavily damaged: CM E Palaniswamy
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Directed Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba to monitor the situation: Rajnath Singh

Home Minister Rajnath Singh also directed Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba to monitor the situation in Tamil Nadu and provide all help to the state administration.

13:15 (IST)16 NOV 2018

 

Home Minister Rajnath Singh assures all possible assistance

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has assured of all possible assistance from the central government to Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami, regarding the situation in the state.’Spoke to CM K Palaniswami regarding the situation in cyclone-affected areas of Tamil Nadu. Assured all possible assistance from Centre in mitigating the situation arising due to the cyclone,’ he said, as reported by ANI.

Spoke to CM K Palaniswami regarding the situation in cyclone-affected areas of Tamil Nadu. Assured all possible assistance from Centre in mitigating the situation arising due to the cyclone: Home Minister Rajnath Singh

12:32 (IST)16 NOV 2018

 

Storm likely to weaken into deep depression in three hours: IMD

The cyclonic story Gaja is very likely to move nearly westwards and weaken into a deep depression during the next three hours, the latest bulletin released by IMD states.The storm lay centred at about 95km west of Atirampattinam and 110 km east-northeast of Kodaikanal.

11:36 (IST)16 NOV 2018

 

Cyclone Gaja claims 11 lives across Tamil Nadu, CM announces Rs 10 lakh for kin of deceased

Severe cyclonic storm Gaja has claimed 11 lives across Tamil Nadu, the state government said in a tweet. Chief Minister Palaniswami has announced an ex gratia payment of Rs 10 Lakh to the kin of the deceased. The CM has also announced to visit the affected areas.

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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

10:16 (IST)16 NOV 2018

 

Cyclone Gaja claims 9 lives across Tamil Nadu

Nine people reported dead across Tamil Nadu, as per local media reports.

09:46 (IST)16 NOV 2018

 

Government has tackled the situation successfully: R B Udaya Kumar

Revenue Minister R B Udaya Kumar said that the government has tackled the cyclone situation successfully, as reported by PTI. “This was a challenging task…we are confident that we have faced it safely 100 per cent” Kumar was quoted saying, adding all post-cyclone tasks like cleaning up storm-affected areas has begun.

The statement further noted “One P8I aircraft, Dornier aircraft and helicopters are also standing by to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, casualty evacuation and airdrop of relief material to the stranded”.

The Eastern Naval Command is monitoring the growth of cyclone closely. The Indian Navy also tweeted about being on high alert due to the cyclonic storm and tagged it to the  Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Officer commanding of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry naval area is in continuous contact with the state government to provide rescue and relief procedures. Meanwhile, aircraft from Dega, Rajali and Parundu (naval air stations) and water jet FACs along with the  patrolling boats from Ramnad and Nagapattinam have been warned  about the forthcoming cyclonic storm and directed them to return back to the near port.

The Cyclone ‘Gaja’ is estimated to make a landfall on Thursday evening between Pamban and Cuddalore. The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) also tweeted by presenting a list of do’s and don’ts for the cyclone which include before, during and after cyclone procedure of do’s and don’ts. The list also included the steps for fisherman at the time of cyclone.

The Tamil Nadu government which is supervised by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has intended to evacuate around 20,000 people located in the coastal line areas and shifting them to relief camps in order to lessen the damage to the properties and human lives due to the cyclone.

Fishing activities have been also put on hold along the Tamil Nadu and neighbouring areas of Andhra Pradesh coasts. The fishermen in the surrounding of the cyclone prone areas have been requested not to go out to the sea.

All educational institutions including schools and colleges would remain closed due to the high alert in Puducherry and Karaikal regions.  The officials have also declared holiday for schools and colleges in Thiruvarur, Pudukottai, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore and Ramanathapuram.

In contrast to the framework of the Central Water Commission directing continuous watch over dams, Tamil Nadu revenue minister RB Udayakumar said to the reporters that the dams, lakes and rivers channels were being examined constantly.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted very heavy rainfall in some parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Rain is also predicted in remote areas over Rayalaseema, Kerala, and south coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh.

The weather agency has also predicted that gale wind speeds would reach 80 to 90 kilometres per hour, over 100 kilometres per hour along the coasts of  Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority (TNSDMA) tweeted on Wednesday about the cyclonic storm, that the storm which was heading towards west-central and adjoining east-central and south Bay of Bengal moved to the west-south-westwards. On Wednesday at 2 PM, the cyclonic storm was about 490 kilometres east of Chennai and 580 kilometres east-northeast of Nagapattinam.