Debris from a damaged roof is pictured on a platform at the train station in Nagapattinam in India's southern Tamil Nadu state on November 16, after cyclone ‘Gaja’ struck the region. Powerful winds felled trees, destroyed homes and forced thousands to flee to safety as the cyclone barrelled into the country’s eastern coast (Photo: AFP/Getty Images).

A cyclone made landfall in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Friday (16), killing at least 11 people, uprooting trees and knocking 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, 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.

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 Rs 1 million ($14,000) for the families of those killed.

Reuters

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