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Cyclone Gaja hits Tamil Nadu and affects Karela too; leaves around two dozen people dead
Cyclone Gaja (Sanskrit name for elephant) hit Tamil Nadu (TN) coastal area and claimed around two dozen lives on the morning November 16.

According to the government of TN the severe cyclone of Gaja crossed the coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam. Some damage has been caused in the districts of Cuddalore and Puthukottai also. According to the Government of TN, over 80,000 people were evacuated from low-lying areas before the cyclone hit the area.

The affected area witnessed heavy rain and gusty winds causing severe damage to trees, communication system, buildings, power infrastructure in Nagapattinam district. The damage to the fishing sector was being assessed by the state government.

The CM of TN, Palaniswami, has ordered relief work on war-footing and a solatium of Rs 10 lakh each from the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund for those who have died during the cyclone. He added that the severely injured would be provided with Rs 1 lakh each while people who had sustained simple injuries will get Rs 25,000 as relief.

After Cyclone Gaja made landfall in Tamil Nadu with wind speed touching 100 Km per houe, heavy rain lashed in various parts of Kerala too followed by landslides in its hilly areas. Meanwhile, the rescue teams have mobilized in Cuddalore district and relief work has started.

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