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Cyclone Gaja claims 11 lives, Rajnath Singh assures Tamil Nadu govt of aid

Over 80,000 people were evacuated from low-lying areas

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Rajnath Singh
Rajnath Singh | Photo: @ANI

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

Home Minister Rajnath Singh also directed Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba to monitor the situation in and provide all help to the state administration.

"Spoke to CM Shri K Palaniswami regarding the situation in the affected areas of Assured all possible assistance from the Centre in mitigating the situation arising due to Asked the HS to monitor the situation & provide all help to the state admin (sic)," Singh tweeted.

Over 80,000 people were evacuated from low-lying areas as severe cyclonic storm 'Gaja' crossed Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and nearby Vedaranyam, bringing with it heavy rains in the coastal region.

Gusty winds due to the cyclonic storm resulted in hundreds of trees and electricity poles being uprooted in Nagapattinam and Karaikal districts. The storm has so far claimed 11 lives.

First Published: Fri, November 16 2018. 13:35 IST
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