Cyclone Gaja crossed Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast in the early hours of Friday.
There were no reports of any loss of lives.
The cyclone caused damage to properties, particularly in Vedharanyam in Nagapattinam district.
TRICHY: Severe cyclonic storm Gaja that crossed Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast between Nagapattinam
and Vedaranniyam in the early hours of Friday — between 12.30am and 2.30am — with a wind speed of
100-110kmph gusting to 120kmph brought heavy rain in the coastal districts, said the India
At least six deaths were reported from Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur districts — one person was
electrocuted while wall collapse clamed five other lives.
The cyclone caused damage to properties, particularly in Vedharanyam in Nagapattinam district. The
cyclone wreaked havoc in Pudukkottai district too.
The strong wind damaged several thatched houses and uprooted many trees and electric poles in
Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur and Pudukkottai districts.
Power supply was affected in Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Pudukkottai, Karaikal, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur and
Trichy districts. A total of 46 sub stations were affected in Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Pudukottai and
Puducherry. It might take at least two days for power supply to be restored in Nagapattinam and
Tiruvarur districts, officials said.
Traffic was affected on the Nagore-Nagapattinam road as several uprooted trees lay on the road. They
were being removed.
Mobile communication network was disrupted in Nagapattinam district.
Seawater inundated many fishing hamlets, including Keechankuppam and Akkaraipettai, in Nagapattinam
Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Trichy and Ariyalur districts have also received moderate to heavy
A holiday has been announced for schools and colleges in Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur,
Pudukottai, Trichy, Ariyalur, Madurai, Theni Karur, Erode, Dindigul districts on Friday.
A Sharjah – Trichy Air India Express flight scheduled to arrive Trichy was diverted to Kochi due to bad
Trichy-Erode and Trichy-Karur passenger trains were stopped midway due to power interruption.