11 killed as 'Gaja' makes landfall in Tamil Nadu

11 killed as 'Gaja' makes landfall in Tamil Nadu
Published : 16 Nov 2018, 23:43:45
11 killed as 'Gaja' makes landfall in Tamil Nadu
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At least 11 people were killed as a cyclone made landfall in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Friday.
Cyclone "Gaja" made landfall in the early hours of Friday but then weakened as it moved inland, KJ Ramesh, director general of the state-run India Meteorological Department, told Reuters.
Eleven people were known to have been killed, said an official from the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority, adding that more than 80,000 people were moved out of its path to safety.
The state government has set up more than 470 relief camps and had evacuated more than 80,000 people from their homes in vulnerable areas, said the official who declined to be identified as he is not authorised to speak to media.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced compensation of 1 million rupees ($14,000) for the families of those killed.-Reuters

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