The Cyclone 'Gaja' storm crossed near Tamil Nadu causing severe damage to certain coastal regions on 16th November 2018.
The Cyclone GAJA storm which was originated from the Bay of Bengal killed over 45 people, many injured and caused heavy destruction around the Tamil Nadu states' coastal region.
The Cyclone GAJA storm crossed the Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam, nearly 300 km from Chennai, and Vedaranniyam. Nagapattinam district was the worst affected with the maximum rainfall of 48.4 mm recorded as on 16th November 2018. The storm also made landfall in Nagapattinam with winds upto a speed of 120 kmph.
Tamil Nadu's Coastal towns including Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Thondi, and Pamban in Tamil Nadu and Karaikkal in Puducherry received moderate rainfall. more than 20 people were killed due to the storm as on 16th November 2018.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami has announced a relief fund of Rs 10 lakh each for the families of the deceased from the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund (CMPRF).
Victims with severe injuries will be offered Rs 1 lakh each, and people who had simple injuries will receive Rs 25,000 as a relief.
Earlier, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had already issued a red warning, the highest category which denotes “take action,” for the eastern coastal regions a day before on 15th November 2018.