Cyclone ‘Gaja’ that crossed shore over the Bay of Bengal is expected to intensify in the next 24 hours. Meteorological department has issued red alert warning people in coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh not come out of houses. Some areas are being evacuated. A large number of rescue personnel are kept standby. On November 15th, Cyclone Gaja is likely to make a landfall between Nagapattinam and Chennai on November 15.
Nearly 70 people were killed Coastal Andhra was devastated with Cyclone Titli that hit around October 11th. The severe cyclonic storm with wind speeds of 175 km per hour uprooted thousands of electricity poles disturbing power supply and communication system. Crops are destroyed in the region.
Cyclone Gaja will be the second cyclone to hit the coastal area in a month. Cyclone Gaja is expected to be more intense.
Government issued alert asking people of Nellore and Guntur districts to be alert for three days from November 14th. Gaja Cyclone has crossed shore at SrihariKota. Schools and colleges will remain closed. Power supply will be disconnected as precautionary measure.