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Cyclone Gaja: Rajnath Singh Assures Tamil Nadu Of Help From Centre

Cyclone Gaja: Rajnath Singh Assures Tamil Nadu Of Help From Centre

At least 13 people have died and over 80,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas after severe cyclonic storm Gaja lashed Nagapattinam and Vedaranniyam in Tamil Nadu early Friday morning.

Electricity supply was disconnected here and in several other coastal regions in view of the cyclone's landfall, officials said.

The high-speed wind has damaged the roof sheets of Nagapattinam railway station.

He also said more than 15,000 electric poles have been kept ready and all the damaged electric poles will be replaced on a war-footing.

The Centre on Friday assured the Tamil Nadu government of all assistance to deal with the situation arising out of the cyclonic storm "Gaja", which has so far claimed 11 lives.

He said a sum of Rs 10 lakh would be paid to each family of the dead. The CM announced that ₹1 lakh would be granted to those who sustained serious injuries and ₹25,000 for persons with minor injuries. These districts include Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Cuddalore and Ramanathapuram.

Owing to strong winds an Indigo Airlines Chennai-Trichy flight was not able to land in Trichy and was sent back.

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R.B. Udhyakumar, Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management, said all the trees felled by the cyclone were being removed.

Traffic remains disrupted in most parts of Nagapattinam and Karaikal districts.

The administration of Andhra Pradesh's Chittoor district is on alert and has declared a holiday to all schools in 26 mandals where the impact of Cyclone Gaja is expected to be felt on Friday, as a precautionary measure. Universities and colleges have also postponed their exams slated for Friday.

The Collector further said the district administration had commenced the process of assessing the damage due to the cyclone.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast scattered heavy to very heavy rain over Tiruchirapalli, Namakkal, Dindigul, Madurai, Theni, Karur, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Nilgiris and Virudhunagar districts of Tamil Nadu.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Chief Minister Palaniswami and enquired about the cyclone damage.