March 2, 2021

Material damage and tens of thousands of evacuated by Gaja cyclone in India

Material damage and tens of thousands of evacuated by Gaja cyclone in India



The passage of Cyclone Gaja, which made landfall in the south of India this morning, has caused material damage and forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 people in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, an official source told Efe on Monday.

"Damage to our infrastructure has been reported (…) The cyclone has caused light poles and trees, fishermen's boats and homes to be damaged," said the secretary of the Disaster Management Authority of Tamil Nadu. Satya Gopal.

The source said they are still collecting data on potential victims and noted that 81,948 people from 22,849 families were evacuated before the arrival of Gaja, more than 13,000 of them minors.

Gaja weakened from severe cyclonic storm to cyclonic storm at 05.30 local time (00.00 GMT), and is expected to weaken further in the coming hours as it moves west, reported the Indian Meteorological Department in his account of Twitter.

The Indian coast often suffers the passage of cyclones, the last of them a month ago, when eight people died and there was serious material damage to infrastructure by the passage through the east coast of the country of Cyclone Titli, described as "very severe" .

In December of last year, Cyclone Ochkhi caused about 80 deaths in South India.

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