According to the India Meteorological Department’s latest release, cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ is set to make landfall between Cuddalore and Pamban on Thursday evening bringing heavy rainfall to Tamil Nadu. ‘Gaja’, named by Sri Lanka, was about 470 km northeast off the coast of Chennai on Wednesday and is likely to cross the coast between Pamban and Cuddalore on Thursday evening or night with a wind speed gusting up to 100 kmph, the Met department said.
Fishing operations were suspended along the coasts of north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining Andhra Pradesh after a warning was issued to fishermen to not venture into the deep sea.
Meanwhile, all schools remained closed in Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Pudukottai, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore and Ramanathapuram districts in Tamil Nadu Thursday as a precautionary measure. Puducherry has declared a holiday for educational institutes as well. Two Naval ships, Ranvir and Khanjar, with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats, integral helicopters and relief material on board are on standby for rescue and relief operations, reported PTI.