INTERNATIONAL

Cyclone ‘Gaja’ Claims 11 Lives

At least 11 people were reported dead as a powerful cyclone battered India's Eastern Coast today.

Thousands of trees were felled by winds that destroyed homes and vehicles as hundreds of thousands fled to shelter homes.

Cyclone Gaja packed winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour as it barrelled into Tamil Nadu State after hitting the coast near Nagapattinam early today bringing heavy rains.

The state officials 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.