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

The severe cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ crossed the Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranniyam early Friday morning with wind speeds gusting up to 120 kmph

35 people died and as many as 82,000 were evacuated after Cyclone Gaja made landfall early Friday morning between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam in Tamil Nadu. (Source: PTI)

Severe cyclonic storm 'Gaja' makes landfall in Tamil Nadu

The severe cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ crossed the Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranniyam early Friday morning with wind speeds gusting up to 120 kmph. (Express photo)

The cyclonic storm has moved westwards towards interior Tamil Nadu bringing heavy rains to the Tamil-Kerala border region. (Source: PTI)

The storm left in its wake a trail of destruction uprooting trees, electricity poles and damaging crops. Districts like Pudukottai, Thanjavur and Cuddalore bore most of the brunt of the cyclone. (Source: PTI)

Severe cyclonic storm 'Gaja' makes landfall in Tamil Nadu

Many fishermen boats drifted towards Sri Lankan waters in the heavy storm and the state government was making efforts to bring them back. It has been reported that as many as 173 boats reached the Lankan coast and at least 120 were left damaged due to the storm. (Source: PTI)

Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami asked the people to not panic and assured assistance at the earliest. He announced a financial aid of Rs 10 lakh to families of those who died in the cyclone. (Source: PTI)

Severe cyclonic storm 'Gaja' makes landfall in Tamil Nadu

After a complete assessment of the damages, the state will approach the Centre for assistance. (Express photo)

Severe cyclonic storm 'Gaja' makes landfall in Tamil Nadu

DMK leader M K Stalin has appreciated the efforts of the state disaster management team and relief measures taken by the state government. (Express photo)

Severe cyclonic storm 'Gaja' makes landfall in Tamil Nadu

Cyclone Gaja 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. (Express photo)