‘GAJA’ cyclone alert for north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast

New Delhi: India Meteorological Department (IMD) warned that the “GAJA” storm is very likely to move west-southwestwards and intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours and maintain the intensity during subsequent 24 hours.

IMD in its recent bulletin said the cyclonic storm ‘GAJA’ over west central and adjoining east central and southeast Bay of Bengal moved south-southwestwards with a speed of 8 km per hour during the past 6 hours and lay centered at 8:30 hrs IST on November 12, over west central and adjoining east central and southeast Bay of Bengal near latitude 13.1°N and longitude 87.0°E, about 730 km east-northeast of Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and 820 km east-northeast of Nagapattinam (Tamil Nadu).

According to IMD, heavy rains at isolated places is very likely to commence over north coastal Tamil Nadu from November 14 evening, which may succeed to extremely heavy falls on November 15.

Damage to be caused by ‘GAJA’

  • The storm may affect the districts of Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur, Thanjavur, Cuddalore, Villupuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Karaikal district of Puducherry.
  • Major damage to thatched huts/houses.
  • Rooftops may blow off and unattached metal sheets may fly.
  • The calamity can also cease power and communication lines from working.
  • Tree branches can break and trees may uproot.

Action suggested to prevent ‘loss of life’

  • Total suspension of fishing operations; fishermen advised not to venture into a central part of south and the central Bay of Bengal on November 12 and 13, and into southwest and adjoining west central Bay of Bengal during November 13-15.
  • The fishermen, who are in deep sea are advised to return to coasts. Coastal hut dwellers are advised to move to safer places.
  • Other people in the affected areas suggested to remain indoors.