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India braces for cyclone, puts navy on alert

NEW DELHI: Tens of thousands of rescue personnel were on standby and many more people were evacuated in southern India on Thursday as authorities braced for the arrival of Cyclone Gaja. Schools were shut and fishing barred on the coastline of Tamil Nadu state in anticipation of the storm packing wind speeds of 80-90 kilometres (50-55 miles) per hour gusting to 100 kph, authorities said. The Hindustan Times reported that 87,000 people had been evacuated from Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu and that 30,500 rescue…

Cyclone kills 10 in south India’s tech hub

CHENNAI: At least 10 people were killed when Cyclone Vardah slammed into the southern Indian tech hub of Chennai, bringing down houses and cutting off the electricity supply, authorities said Tuesday. Most were crushed by trees uprooted in winds of up to 140 kilometres (87 miles) per hour, which also cut power across large swathes of southern India on Monday. India's meteorological department said Vardah, which forced the evacuation of 18,000 people, was the worst cyclonic storm to hit the capital of Tamil Nadu state…