Cyclone Gaja kills 11 in Indian state

A powerful cyclone which hit Indian's eastern coast has killed more than 10 people, destroying homes and vehicles forcing thousands to flee to shelter homes.

Thousands of trees were felled by winds (of up to 120 km/h) from cyclone Gaja. The winds battered Tanil Nadu state on Friday bringing heavy rains, India's weather office said.

The state's ruling party, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), said on twitter that 11 people were killed in the powerful storm that has flooded several low-lying areas along the coastline on the Bay of Bengal, with no further details provided.

Meanwhile, the government announced compensation of one million rupees ($14,000) to victims' families as hundreds of emergency workers were trying to restore roads and electricity.

Gaja is the second major storm to hit India's east coast in recent weeks, after
Odisha state was hit by Cyclone Titli in October, killing at least two people.


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