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Cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ makes landfall in TN; 80,000 people evacuated

Prime News, National, Nagapattinam/Chennai (TN), November 16:- Over 80,000 people were evacuated from low-lying areas as severe cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ crossed Tamil Nadu’s coast between Nagapattinam and nearby Vedaranyam early Friday, bringing in heavy rains in coastal regions.

Gusty winds due to the cyclonic storm resulted in hundreds of trees and electricity poles being uprooted in Nagapattinam and Karaikal districts.

According to the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority, as many as 81,948 people were evacuated from low-lying areas and sheltered in 471 relief centres in six districts-Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Ramanathapuram and Tiruvarur.

Power supply has been suspended since Thursday evening. Traffic remains disrupted in most parts of Nagapattinam and Karaikal districts. A holiday has been declared for educational institutions in Nagapattinam District. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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