Cyclone Gaja turned into a deep depression over southeast Arabian Sea on Saturday evening. It is likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours. Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rains in Lakshadweep Islands in the next 24 hours.
Chennai Met Department has also issued warning to Tamil Nadu fishermen and advised them not venture into the Arabian Sea for the next two days.
At least 33 people were killed and over 82,000 others were affected after Cyclone ‘Gaja’ hit the Tamil Nadu coast early Friday. The cyclonic storm ripped through Nagapattinam, uprooting trees and snapping power lines in coastal districts. The rescued people have been sheltered in 471 relief centres in six districts including Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram and Tiruvarur.
CM Palaniswami has announced an ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund for the families of the deceased. He also said that relief work will be taken up on a war-footing and that the work was already underway, PTI reported. He alleged that the Centre did not sanction funds which the state had sought for management of natural disasters.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences to the bereaved families of the victims and assured all possible assistance.
JP Nadda assures Tamil Nadu of all possible help from Centre
Union Health Minister JP Nadda spoke to Tamil Nadu Health Minister and assured all possible help from Centre, reported ANI.
Union Health Minister JP Nadda (in pic) has spoken to Tamil Nadu Health Minister regarding the situation arising due to cyclone conditions in the state. JP Nadda assured him of all possible help from the Centre. #GajaCyclone pic.twitter.com/lFIzhSZVMG— ANI (@ANI) November 17, 2018
Chidambaram asks Rajnath Singh to send team to Tamil Nadu to assess damage
Congress leader P Chidambaram Saturday urged Home Minister Rajnath Singh to send a team of officers immediately to inspect the extent of damage caused by Gaja in Tamil Nadu. The former union home and finance minister also requested Singh to modify the practice of sending inter-ministerial team to a disaster-affected state only after receiving a memorandum from the concerned state government, reported PTI. He said this takes at least 2-3 weeks and full impact of the disaster is not measurable because of repair and restoration work, reported PTI.
IMD issues warning to Tamil Nadu fishermen.
Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issues warning to Tamil Nadu fishermen.
Chennai Met Department advises fishermen to not venture into Arabian Sea for next two days
Chennai MET department has issued alert for fishermen at the west coast, reported ANI. S Balachandran of Chennai Met Department has advised them not to venture into southeast Arabian Sea & Lakshadweep area on November 17 and 18 and into west Arabian Sea on November 18 and 19.
This deep depression is expected to intensify further by today evening & move further westwards. Fishermen advised not to venture into southeast Arabian Sea & Lakshadweep area on 17&18 Nov & into west Arabian Sea on 18&19 Nov: S Balachandran, Chennai MET Department. #GajaCyclone pic.twitter.com/9PVJadefUF— ANI (@ANI) November 17, 2018
Pondicherry CM apprises Centre of damage caused in Karaikal
Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy Saturday said he has apprised the Centre of the damage caused by the cyclone Gaja in Karaikal, reported PTI. He said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had contacted him over phone on Friday to know the extent of damage the Union Territory suffered. "An interim relief would be sought along with an interim report on the damage the cyclone has caused in Karaikal," Narayanasamy told PTI. To a query on the amount of relief sought from the Centre, he said, "A detailed report was getting ready and it would be sent to the Centre on Monday."
Panneerselvam promises compensation to sufferers
Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam too tweeted that compensation will be provided to the sufferers after the special team calculates the amount of damage caused to them by the cyclone.
"கஜா புயல் சேத விவரங்களை சிறப்புக்குழு கணக்கீடு செய்த பின்னர் பாதிக்கப்பட்டவர்களுக்கு உரிய இழப்பீடு வழங்கப்படும் !" - மாண்புமிகு துணை முதல்வர் திரு. ஓ.பன்னீர்செல்வம்.— AIADMK (@AIADMKOfficial) November 17, 2018
Cyclone forms deep depression over SE Arabian Sea
TNSDMA said Cyclone Gaja has transformed into a deep depression over southeast Arabian Sea. The Indian Coast Guard, Indian Navy, Ministry of Defence and Indian Air Force have been requested to guide the Tamil Nadu fishing vessels in Arabian Sea to safety.
As per latest update #Gaja turned into deep depression over SE Arabian Sea and now likely to turn into Cyclonic Storm near Lakshadweep Islands.@IndiaCoastGuard @indiannavy @DefenceMinIndia @IAF_MCC have been requested to guide TN fishing vessels in Arabian sea to Safety— TN SDMA (@tnsdma) November 17, 2018
Tamil Nadu CM to announce compensation after survey of losses: Fisheries minister Jayakumar
Tamil Nadu fisheries minister D Jayakumar said the survey of boats and crops damaged by the storm has already been started. Once the survey is complete, the chief minister will announce compensation for those who have suffered losses due to the cyclone, he added.
வரும் ஜனவரி மாதம் தரங்கம்பாடியில் மீன்பிடி துறைமுகம் அமைப்பதற்கான பணிகள் தொடங்கப்படும்— AIADMK (@AIADMKOfficial) November 17, 2018
புயலால் சேதமடைந்த படகுகள், பயிர்கள் குறித்த கணக்கெடுப்பு தொடங்கப்பட்டுள்ளது, கணக்கெடுப்பு முடிந்ததும் உரிய நிவாரணத்தை மாண்புமிகு முதலமைச்சர் அறிவிப்பார் - மாண்புமிகு அமைச்சர் திரு. ஜெயக்குமார்
At least 35 people were killed in the severe cyclonic storm Gaja that battered Tamil Nadu coast Friday. (SHABBIR AHMED/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.)
Cyclone Gaja: Four feared dead in landslides at Kodaikanal
Four construction workers were feared killed after being trapped in landslides triggered by heavy rains at Chinnapallam near Kodaikanal. Efforts were on to retrieve the bodies said the police. (PTI)
Cyclone Gaja crosses over to Arabian Sea, heavy rains forecast for Lakshadweep
As cyclone gaja crosses over to the Arabian Sea, heavy rains are predicted for Lakshadweep Islands in the next 24 hours. The cyclone lays centered 40 Kms east of Lakshadweep forming into a deep depression.
Cyclone Gaja crosses over to Arabian Sea and lays centered over Lakshadweep
#CycloneGaja crossed over to Arabian Sea as Deep Depression and lay centered 40 Kms east of #Kalpeni #Lakshadweep. 4 #CoastGuard Ships continue to relay advisory at sea & geared up to respond to any #SAR situation. #CGDHQ-12 #Lakshadweep also standby for #HADR @DefenceMinIndia pic.twitter.com/TqLOlRnt1T— Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) November 17, 2018
Helpline numbers to contact in case of emergency
MK Stalin surveys the cyclone affected areas in Tamil Nadu
DMK leader MK Stalin visited the cyclone-affected area and distributed relief materials to the people.
தானே, வர்தா, ஓகி வரிசையில் #CycloneGaja பெரும் சேதம் ஏற்படுத்தி இருப்பதை இன்று டெல்டா மாவட்டங்களில் பார்க்கிறேன்.— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) November 17, 2018
அப்பாவி மக்கள் முதல் விவசாயிகள், மீனவர்கள் வரை அனைவரின் வாழ்வாதாரமும் கடுமையாக பாதிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.
மேலும், 36 பேர் உயிரிழந்திருப்பது உச்சகட்ட வேதனை! pic.twitter.com/criZirJLJ1
P Chidambaram wants officials to take stock of the damage caused by Cyclone Gaja
I have requested HOME MINISTER through Home Secretary to depute a team of two officers immediately to visually inspect the extent of damage caused by Cyclone Gaja— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) November 17, 2018
Cyclone Gaja leaves trail of destruction in Tamil Nadu
Aftermath of Cyclone Gaja in Tamil Nadu. (SHABBIR AHMED/via REUTERS)
Cyclone Gaja death toll rises to 35: AIADMK
State Disaster Management Authority puts the death toll during Cyclone Gaja at 35 ; 1,27,448 trees have fallen during the Gaja Cyclone.— AIADMK (@AIADMKOfficial) November 17, 2018
Rameswaram-Dhanushkodi road in Tamil Nadu reopens
Rameswaram-Dhanushkodi road in Tamil Nadu reopened earlier this morning after remaing closed for three days due to Cyclone Gaja. (ANI)
Centre assures all assistance to state
CM Palaniswami said that the state government, after completing assessment of damage to properties and crops, will approach the Centre for assistance. The Centre has promised the state government all assistance to deal with the situation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Chief Minister K Palaniswami and learnt about the situation, an official release said.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh issued directions to monitor the situation in Tamil Nadu and to provide all help to the state administration. “Assured all possible assistance from the Centre in mitigating the situation arising due to cyclone. Asked the HS to monitor the situation & provide all help to the state admin,” Singh tweeted.
CM's announces monetary relief for people injured in the calamity
Gusty winds due to the cyclonic storm resulted in hundreds of trees and electricity poles being uprooted in Nagapattinam and Karaikal districts. According to Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation, about 12,000 electric poles, 102 sub-power stations, 495 power conductors, 100 transformers and 500 km of power lines had been damaged across seven districts.
As many as 405 mobile ambulances have been dispatched to treat those affected by the cyclone. For those with major injuries, Chief Minister’s General Relief Fund will provide Rs 1 lakh as compensation while those with minor injuries will be given Rs 25,000, the government announced.
The government has deputed a special team to assess damage to boats, crops and properties. Some 82,000 people were evacuated to 471 relief centres before the cyclone hit.
Heavy rains predicted for southern parts of TN and central Kerala: IMD
After hitting Tamil Nadu’s delta region, the Indian Meteorological Department said, the cyclonic storm moved westwards and lay centred at 8.30 am on Friday over interior Tamil Nadu, leading to heavy rain in southern parts of the state and parts of central Kerala bordering Tamil Nadu.
State Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said all fishermen from the state were safe as they were alerted in advance. The government was trying to bring back 22-odd fishermen whose boats drifted towards Sri Lankan waters in the heavy storm.
A total of 173 boats reached the Lankan coast and at least 120 were damaged. DMK leader and Leader of Opposition in Assembly M K Stalin has appreciated the efforts of the state disaster management team and relief measures taken by the state government.
PM Modi assures assistance to combat disaster
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami, regarding the current situation in Tamil Nadu and assured all possible help to combat the disaster from the Centre.
Spoke to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami regarding the situation arising due to cyclone conditions in the state. Assured all possible help from the Centre.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 16, 2018
I pray for the safety and well-being of the people of Tamil Nadu. @CMOTamilNadu
PM Narendra Modi expresses condolences to victims' families
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences to the families of those who died in Cyclone Gaja on Friday.
My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives due to cyclonic conditions in parts of Tamil Nadu. I pray for the quick recovery of those injured. Officials are working towards providing all possible assistance in the wake of the cyclone.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 16, 2018
Dredger runs aground off Karaikal coast
A dredger that was anchored in Karaikal port ran aground due to the strong winds on Friday, reported PTI. However, no casualties were reported. The dredger 'Veera Prem' belongs to Mumbai-based Mercator Ltd and was dragged for about 60 km from the port before it ran aground, officials told PTI.
Deep depression over Tamil Nadu moves towards southwest over central Kerala
TNSDMA tweeted that the deep depression over Tamil Nadu has moved towards west and southwest over central Kerala and is likely to emerge into southeast of Arabian Sea in next 12 hours.
TNSDMA carries out disaster management
Collective disaster management carried out by TNSDMA along with local workers as disaster response team in Swamimalai, Thanjavur district.
Collective disaster response taken by Govt. along with local workers as disaster response team in Swamimalai #Thanjavur District. #GajaCycloneUpdates #GajaCyclone #GajaTnsdmaResponse kudos! let us boost their service by our encouragement #Retweet pic.twitter.com/6CViawNOpQ— TN SDMA (@tnsdma) November 16, 2018
Technical textile manufacturing unit damaged
A unit of technical textiles manufacturer, SRF, located in Viralimalai, Tamil Nadu, has been damaged by Cyclone Gaja, reported PTI.
Catholic Bishops' Conference of India expresses solidarity with sufferers
The Catholic Church has expressed solidarity with the victims and has pledged to lend support to the government in its efforts towards disaster management. According to Catholic Bishops' Conference of India, the areas which are badly affected are located in Diocese of Thanjavur and Archidiocese of Pondicherry-Cuddalore. The districts of Nagapattinam, Pudukottai and Pattukottai are the worst-affected regions.
TNSDMA issues warning to fishermen
Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority (TNSDMA) has issued warning to Tamil Nadu fishermen for the next 24 hours valid from 6pm on Friday. It has said winds will blow at speeds ranging from 30-40kmph to 50kmph over southeast Arabian sea, along Kerala coast, Comorian area and Gulf of Mannar.
A statue of Jesus Christ in Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu, partially damaged in cyclone
A partially-damaged statue of Jesus Christ at Velankanni in cyclone-hit Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu. (Reuters photo)
Visuals of Thiruvarur's Kokaladi village hit by Cyclone Gaja
ANI shared visuals of Thiruvarur's Kokaladi village affected by Cyclone Gaja.
Centre did not sanction funds sought for natural disasters: Tamil Nadu CM
Tamil Nadu government Friday alleged that the Centre had not sanctioned funds it had sought for the management of natural disasters such as cyclones, reported PTI. Chief Minister K Palaniswami said only a "specified" amount was sanctioned in the past which was also being used to meet the expenses of tackling natural disasters in the state.
Palaniswami's response came to reporters' queries on whether the Centre had acceded to Tamil Nadu's demand and released the entire amount for post Vardah relief activities in 2016, which was around Rs 22,000 crore, reported PTI.
Indian Coast Guard efforts ensured no fishermen died off Tamil Nadu coasts: Defence Minister
Defence Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman has published a summary of the efforts by Indian Coast Guard to tackle Cyclone Gaja. She also tweeted that the Indian Coast Guard efforts have ensured that no fishermen died of the Tamil Nadu coasts.
Below is a summary of @IndiaCoastGuard efforts in #CycloneGaja . Their efforts have resulted in NIL loss of lives of fishermen at sea, off the coast of Tamil Nadu.@nsitharaman @pibchennai pic.twitter.com/poJSq5Xmyx— Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) November 16, 2018
Thunderstorm and rain in Vellore, Salem, Villupuram, Thiruvannamalai, Madurai and Theni districts of Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority (TNSDMA) has predicted moderate thunderstorm along with rain in some areas of Vellore, Salem, Villupuram, Thiruvannamalai, Madurai and Theni districts of Tamil Nadu for the next three hours.
#TamilNaduWeather moderate thunderstorm occur in some areas of #Vellore #Salem #Villupuram #Thiruvannamalai #Madurai #Theni districts of TN for the next 03hrs with moderate rain #rain pic.twitter.com/5uS7ypSwBc— TN SDMA (@tnsdma) November 16, 2018
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan issues public alert
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has posted a public alert on his Facebook page.
M K Stalin praises government for precautionary measures
DMK leader M K Stalin too praised the efforts of Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority (TNSDMA) to tackle the flood situation in the state. The main opposition praising a government body, especially for its work during a natural disaster is rare, reported PTI.
M K Stalin, in his tweet, said the way TNSDMA took precautionary measures for the cyclone is praiseworthy.
கஜா புயல் சீற்றத்தால் தமிழ்நாடு— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) November 16, 2018
மீண்டும் பாதித்துள்ளது. @tnsdma முன்னேற்பாடுகள் மேற்கொண்ட விதம் பாராட்டிற்குரியது! அதன் தொடர் நடவடிக்கைகளுக்கு ஆட்சியாளர்கள் ஒத்துழைக்க வேண்டும். புயலால் ஏற்பட்ட பாதிப்புகளைச் சரிசெய்வதில் புயல் வேகத்துடன் அரசு இயந்திரம் இயங்கிட வேண்டியது அவசியம்!
Kamal Haasan thanks government of Tamil Nadu
Actor, and now politician, Kamal Hasan also thanked the Tamil Nadu government in his tweet applauding the rescue operations.
இதற்கு முன் நாம் கடந்து வந்த பேரிடர் காலங்களில் கிடைத்த கசப்பான அனுபவங்களை முன்னுதாரணமாகக் கொண்டு, தற்பொழுது கஜா புயலின் தாக்குதலை மிகவும் முன்னெச்செரிக்கையுடன் கையாண்ட தமிழக அரசுக்கு நன்றி. பாதிக்கப்பட்ட மாவட்டங்களின் ஆட்சியர்களின் அயராத பணி போற்றத்தக்கது.— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) November 16, 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.
— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) November 16, 2018
Nagapattinam district has been heavily damaged: CM E Palaniswamy
Nagapattinam district has been heavily damaged by #GajaCyclone. In total, 471 relief camps have been established in which 81,948 ppl are staying. We"ll seek assistance from central govt after assessment is done by our officials in the affected areas: Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswamy pic.twitter.com/7lA4J3U1lz— ANI (@ANI) November 16, 2018