Tamil Nadu on high alert as Cyclone ‘Gaja’ likely to landfall today


Chennai: ‘Gaja’, the cyclonic storm over Bay of Bengal which lay nearly 470 km south east from here is likely to make a landfall between Cuddalore and Pamban in the evening in Tamil Nadu on Thursday, Met office sources said. The storm will bring heavy to very heavy rainfall to the state.

Met office sources said wind speed gusting up to 100 kmph is likely to hit the coastal regions causing widespread damage to houses and trees. Met office sources here said that people are advised to take shelter in safe areas at the time of the landfall.

Nearly 30,500 rescue personnel were kept on high alert and  the district collectors of Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Pudukottai, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore and Ramanathapuram have been asked by the government  take every possible measure to save the lives and properties of the denizens. The government has already declared holiday for schools and colleges on Thursday.

The mobile operators have been asked to provide uninterrupted mobile connectivity to Nagapattinam and Cuddalore districts which are expected to be worst hit as during landfall.

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