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Cyclone Gaja HIGHLIGHTS: 33 killed; fishermen advised not to venture into Arabian Sea for next two days

Cyclone Gaja makes landfall in Tamil Nadu: IMD predicts heavy to very heavy rainfall over Lakshadweep during the next 24 hours. Follow HIGHLIGHTS here.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: December 5, 2018 1:36:00 pm
Cyclone Gaja LIVE updates: Cyclone Gaja HIGHLIGHTS: A view of the damage caused by cyclone ‘Gaja’, after it hit Velankanni, in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, Friday. (PTI Photo)

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.

See photos | Thousands evacuated as Cyclone Gaja wreaks havoc in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry

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.

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Cyclone 'Gaja' made landfall in Tamil Nadu Friday causing heavy rainfall across districts in the state and Puducherry. Follow HIGHLIGHTS. Read latest news in Tamil, Malayalam.

21:50 (IST)17 Nov 2018
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.

20:08 (IST)17 Nov 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.

19:52 (IST)17 Nov 2018
IMD issues warning to Tamil Nadu fishermen.

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issues warning to Tamil Nadu fishermen.

18:17 (IST)17 Nov 2018
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.

17:20 (IST)17 Nov 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."

17:02 (IST)17 Nov 2018
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.

16:42 (IST)17 Nov 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.

15:20 (IST)17 Nov 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.

14:10 (IST)17 Nov 2018

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.)

13:53 (IST)17 Nov 2018
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)

13:45 (IST)17 Nov 2018
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.

13:28 (IST)17 Nov 2018
Cyclone Gaja crosses over to Arabian Sea and lays centered over Lakshadweep
12:59 (IST)17 Nov 2018
12:57 (IST)17 Nov 2018
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12:52 (IST)17 Nov 2018
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.

11:54 (IST)17 Nov 2018
P Chidambaram wants officials to take stock of the damage caused by Cyclone Gaja
11:15 (IST)17 Nov 2018
Cyclone Gaja leaves trail of destruction in Tamil Nadu

Aftermath of Cyclone Gaja in Tamil Nadu. (SHABBIR AHMED/via REUTERS)

11:01 (IST)17 Nov 2018
Cyclone Gaja death toll rises to 35: AIADMK
09:22 (IST)17 Nov 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)

08:58 (IST)17 Nov 2018
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.

Cyclone Gaja makes landfall, heavy rains lash Tamil Nadu, Puducherry. Follow LIVE UPDATES:

Cyclone Gaja, named by Sri Lanka, is the second cyclone to hit the coastal area in a month after Cyclone Titli wreaked havoc in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on October 11, killing a total of 70 people. The severe cyclonic storm, with wind speeds of 175 km per hour, uprooted thousands of electricity and telecommunication poles, devastated coconut and cashew orchards, and flattened standing crops.

Four teams each of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel have been deployed in Nagapattinam district, while two teams of the state disaster response force in Cuddalore district. Tamil Nadu state disaster management authority had released an animated video aimed at creating awareness on the do's and don'ts during cyclone.

Earlier, the CWC had advised action as per the Standard Operating Procedure as heavy rainfall in catchment areas could fill up the dams fast in less than 24 hours. Mobile operators have assured to move 'Cell on Wheels,' mobile platforms to provide uninterrupted mobile connectivity to Nagapattinam and Cuddalore districts.

The government has also held discussions with oil marketing companies and they have been advised to maintain sufficient fuel stock.

Read | Cyclone Gaja: Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy holds review meeting in Karaikal

(Inputs from PTI)

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