killing at least 35 people, damaging homes and forcing the evacuation of more than 82,000 residents Cyclone ‘Gaja’ hit the coast of southern India. Uprooting trees and snapping power lines in coastal districts, the cyclonic storm ripped through Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu. The rescued people and those living in low-lying areas have been sheltered to more than 470 relief centres in six districts including Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Ramanathapuram and Pudukottai.
With heavy rains and winds of 90 kilometers (55 miles) per hour Cyclone Gaja blew ashore in Tamil Nadu state, said Narendra Kumar, a National Disaster Response Force official.
The state’s top elected official, K. Palaniswami has announced an ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund for the families of the deceased. The relief work will be taken up on a war-footing and that the work was already underway, PTI reported. The Centre did not sanction funds which the state had sought for management of natural disasters, added CM Palaniswami.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences and he promised to provide all possible assistance.