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Cyclonic storm Gaja batters South India

A severe cyclonic storm, Gaja, battered the coast of the southern Indian state Tamil Nadu on Friday, leaving at least 15 people dead and causing widespread destruction.

Nov 17, 2018
 
NEW DELHI: A severe cyclonic storm, Gaja, battered the coast of the southern Indian state Tamil Nadu on Friday, leaving at least 15 people dead and causing widespread destruction.
 
Authorities said the cyclone crossed the coast early on November 16 with wind speeds of about 110-120 kmph. Other southern states and Odisha were placed on high alert by the National Disaster Management Agency.
 
Around 82,000 people living in low-lying areas have been sent to safety in 471 relief centres, state Chief Minister E. Palaniswamy said, adding that the preventive measures helped keep the death toll low.
 
Relief centres were set up in Tamil Nadu state in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur, Pudukottai and Thiruvarur on Thursday. The government also cut power supply on Thursday night as a precautionary measure. The cyclone damaged some 12,000 power poles.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast rains till Friday evening.

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