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Cyclone ‘Gaja’ leaves path of destruction in southern India, kills 11 people

Residents of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu were counting the costs on Saturday (17 November) after a deadly cyclone devastated the region.

Cyclone “Gaja” killed at least 11 people, uprooted trees and knocked down electricity poles after more than 80,000 people were moved out of its path to safety, officials said.

Cyclone “Gaja” made landfall in the early hours of Friday but then weakened as it moved inland, 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.

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 an official.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has announced a compensation of 1 million rupees ($14,000) for the families of those killed.

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