Tamil Nadu To Experience Cyclone Gaja Today, Navy On Alert: 10 Points

Tamil Nadu To Experience Cyclone Gaja Today, Navy On Alert: 10 Points

Tamil Nadu To Experience Cyclone Gaja Today, Navy On Alert: 10 Points 

New Delhi: The Cyclone Gaja is expected to hit the coast near Nagapattinam in southern Tamil Nadu tonight. In Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, the schools and are expected to be closed for today.  The word "Gaja" means elephant in Sanskrit, is anticipated to accompany heavy rain and strong winds in the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The Navy has been put on high alert to be ready for any assistance. The authorities have asked the fishermen in the region have been asked to not venture out to the sea.

Here's 10 points: 

1. Gaja will intensify into a "Severe Cyclonic Storm" today before it weakens and hits the coast between Pamban and Cuddalore, said the weather office.

2. The NDRF's ten teams  are on stand-by and 6,000 relief centres have been set up across Tamil Nadu. NDRF teams have been put on alert in Puducherry, Kerala and Andaman and Nicobar too.

3. Last night, the cyclone Gaja was 480 km away Nagapattinam and 410 km away from Chennai. 

4. The cyclone is anticipate to intensify this afternoon and weaken before making a landfall said the Met department.

5. Today, the Tamil Nadu government said that 30,500 rescue personnel were on stand-by.

6. The low-lying areas of Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram districts are likely to be inundated when Cyclone Gaja hits the coast, said the weather office.

7.  The Met department said, communication, power lines and crops could be affected due to Gaja.

8. RB Udayakumar, Tamil Nadu Revenue Minister said that dams, lakes and river channels were being monitored continuously.

9. The minister said that mobile operators have assured to move 'Cell on Wheels,' mobile platforms to provide uninterrupted mobile connectivity to Nagapattinam and Cuddalore districts.

10. V Narayanasamy, the Chief Minister of Puducherry  took stock of the situation yesterday and met with officials to review the Union Territory's preparedness.