Cyclone ‘Gaja’ Set to Hit Tamil Nadu

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Cyclone ‘Gaja’ Set to Hit Tamil Nadu

Holiday has been declared for educational institutions and fishermen have been advised against venturing out to sea.

Cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ over the Bay of Bengal is set to make landfall between Cuddalore and Pamban on Thursday evening, bringing heavy rainfall to Tamil Nadu.

‘Gaja’ that lay over southwest and adjoining southeast and west central Bay of Bengal is about 550 km north east of Nagapattinam and is very likely to cross coast between Pamban and Cuddalore on Thursday evening or night with a wind speed up to 100 kmph, the Met office here said.

The Indian Navy was also put on high alert. Navy officials said the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) has assumed a high degree of readiness to render necessary humanitarian assistance as the cyclone is poised to cross the coast of the two states on Thursday evening.

“Two Indian Naval ships – Ranvir and Khanjar – are standing by to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake humanitarian aid and distress relief,” said a Navy official. He said these ships will have additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats, integral helicopters and relief material on board.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by Daily Report and is published from News18.)

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