Cyclones Nivar and Burevi brought relief to migratory birds after a two-year lull post-cyclone Gaja in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, which was finally able to clock a good count of the winged visitors in the 15 wildlife and bird sanctuaries, even as avian experts warn that research, conservation and monitoring of bird habitats in the state leaves a lot to be desired. Puducherry government Tuesday put its machinery on full alert to meet the impact of cyclone 'Gaja' which is expected to cross the neighbouring Tamil Nadu coast between Cuddalore and Pamban. The winds reportedly dragged a dredger anchored in the port for 60km. A day before the cyclone, more than 4000 birds of the painted stork, spoonbill, glossy ibis, and other species were spotted at a huge water tank in Viralimalai, Pudukottai district,” Kumaraguru said. Tamil Nadu is in Deficit with -23% rains till date and Chennai -52% with Cyclone moving inland, the regions which has missed rains till date particularly interiors will surely benefit a lot. Cyclone Gaja Live: Cyclone Gaja has made landfall on the coast of Tamil Nadu in the wee hours of Friday. In-depth scientific application and management along with an effective tracking system of birds are missing. When cyclone Gaja makes landfall somewhere between Cuddalore and Pamban tonight, it will be the 10th cyclone to affect Tamil Nadu in the past 16 years. Cyclone Burevi is the third cyclone to hit Tamil Nadu in two years after Cyclone Gaja in 2018 and Cyclone Nivar recently. Tamil Nadu is in Deficit with -23% rains till date and Chennai -52% with Cyclone moving inland, the regions which has missed rains till date particularly interiors will surely benefit a lot. Minimal rainfall in the last two years had hit hard, both Vedanthangal and Karikili bird sanctuary. Unlike 2019, when 172 Amur falcons were spotted during this season, not a single bird of the species that is known to take a marathon flight from China to South Africa through India has visited the sanctuary, Emergency bird habitats, that included temporary man-made structures such as nesting sites, were arranged ahead of Nivar at the Oussudu lake bird sanctuary situated between Pulicat and Point Calimere wetlands, said Range Officer Dharmalingam. Updated: 21 Nov 2018, 05:28 PM IST Dharani Thangavelu. Though the cyclone in moving too fast it is going to dump huge rainfall in short period. By providing your email, you agree to the Quartz Privacy Policy. Coastal towns of Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Thondi and Pamban in Tamil Nadu received heavy rainfall due to … Cyclone Gaja has left a trail of destruction in the southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Puducherry, claiming the lives of at least 45 people. “We lack records of birds that arrive before and after a cyclone at public tanks and pond ecosystems. CHENNAI/PUDUCHERRY: Chennai and coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are expected to get rain from Wednesday evening as cyclone Gaja is edging closer to the coast at a speed of 12kmph. Home Minister, Rajnath Singh has asked the Home Secretary, Rajiv Gauba to keep a close watch on Tamil Nadu. Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Gaja was the sixth named cyclone of the 2018 North Indian Ocean cyclone season, after Cyclones Sagar, Mekunu, Daye, Luban, and Titli. Chennai: Cyclonic storm 'Gaja' over the Bay of Bengal is set to make landfall between Cuddalore and Pamban on Thursday evening, bringing heavy rainfall to Tamil Nadu. The government machinery was put on … Our emails are made to shine in your inbox, with something fresh every morning, afternoon, and weekend. Cyclone Gaja: Help arrives from the Center. The weak system intensified into a depression over the Bay of Bengalon November 10 and further intensified to a cyclonic storm on November 11, being classified '… “Since the city expanded, Pallikaranai has shrunk and numerous residential areas have sprung around it. Located in the heart of the city, the biodiversity hotspot has been reduced to one-tenth of its original size with the construction of IT corridor, government institutions, residential complexes, encroachments, and garbage dumping. Last week, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued a red warning, the highest category, for the eastern coastal states, telling locals to watch out for heavy rains and strong winds. Enjoy! It was a surprise to learn that a cuckoo, which was monitored through satellite tagging by scientists could fly 7,500 miles from southern Africa to Mongolia. The sanctuary, home to 166 species and declared as one of the 93 significant wetlands in Asia by the Asian Wetland Bureau, had recorded a major drop in the most common bird species in January, this year. Balachandran observed that several species from sand hoppers to vultures have disappeared over the years. Play Video. There should be coordinated efforts at the global level as habitat degradation anywhere, affects birds everywhere. Above all, there is a severe crunch in funding for research, he said. It eventually ran aground, but the three crew members on board at the time managed to survive. 21:23 (IST) 13 Nov 2018 ISRO satellite launch subject to weather conditions tomorrow Once degraded, mudflats are difficult to restore.”. Cyclone Gaja has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and currently lies very close to the Tamil Nadu coast. Pal Pandian, a birdwatcher at Koonthankulam bird sanctuary near Tirunelveli said that rainfall was meagre and the peregrine falcon and red-necked falcon have been spotted. The impact… “Birds flocking to an area is a clear indication of it being biodiverse and secure. The carcasses of several animals from the Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary in nearby Tamil Nadu were also found washed up on the coast of Karaikal on Nov. 17. A bulletin released by the IMD at 00230 HRS said, ''The Cyclonic storm ‘GAJA’ over Southwest Bay of Bengal moved further west-southwestwards with … Forming on November 5 as a low pressure system over the Gulf of Thailand, the system crossed through Southern Thailand and the Malay Peninsula and eventually crossed into the Andaman Sea. Arulagam, a Coimbatore-based NGO has been holding puppet shows for villagers and art workshops on making. Nivar will be the second cyclone in two years after cyclone Gaja to cross Tamil Nadu. Chennai: Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Puducherry have been bracing for Cyclone Nivar. Subscribe to our Mailing Address ... First Name. As Tamil Nadu Braces for Cyclone Nivar, Memories of Gaja Drive Farmers, Fisherfolk Sleepless. Let’s not blame cyclones for flooding when the root cause lies in a failure to restore lakes, unplanned homes, rising population along with an improper storm drainage system in the city,” he said. But the fishing and farming communities are yet to recover from the aftereffects of Cyclone Gaja which in November 2018 had claimed 45 lives and resulted in immense destruction with lakhs of trees uprooted, houses demolished and livelihoods lost. Impact of Cyclone Gaja: Thiru. Pushpavanam Kuppuswamy. S.Ramasubramaniam, Conservator of Forests, Thanjavur said that apart from the 200 trees that were uprooted in Sirkazhi range, Nivar hadn’t affected wildlife across Tiruvarur and Thanjavur in the state. Photo: PTI. Women are traditionally believed to be impure during their periods. , secretary of the NGO said that new concerns keep cropping up. On the other hand, 2019 saw a sharp decline in migratory birds but following Nivar, they resumed their visits to the sanctuaries in Udayamarthandapuram and Vaduvoor. Cyclones Nivar and Burevi brought relief to migratory birds after a two-year lull post-cyclone Gaja in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, which was finally able to clock a good count of the winged visitors in the 15 wildlife and bird sanctuaries, even as avian experts warn that research, conservation and monitoring of bird habitats in the state leaves a lot to be desired. The initial week of October saw the grey-headed lapwing from South Korea turn up unfailingly and also marked the first sighting of Eurasian cuckoo,” he said. Poisoning by cattle herders is another problem. Pallikaranai marshland is one of the eleven wetlands in Tamil Nadu that fall on the Central Asian Flyway, a key migratory flight path. “Point Calimere, a Ramsar site has extensive mudflats, yet many of them are not used by birds. When Cyclone Gaja made landfall on 16 November, 2018, between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam in Tamil Nadu, it left a trail of destruction, uprooting nearly 50 lakh coconut trees, more than a … The marshland was visited by 12 Asian pied starlings this season, first spotted in 2019. Cyclone Gaja is expected to make the landfall along the coast of Tamil Nadu between Pamban and Cuddalore, around Nagapattinam in late evening today, possibly between 8 pm to 11 pm. While in 2016-17, around 5000 pelicans were spotted at the sanctuary during September-December, the year 2020 saw that count dwindle to 2,500. “Around 25 long-toed stint birds were spotted in this season compared to the usual one or two apart from 800 rosy starlings. The impact was not considered to have been this severe in the initial days after the cyclone stuck as the death toll was relatively low. NAGAPATTINAM: Sunday marked the second anniversary of Gaja cyclone which left a trail of destruction in the coastal town of Nagappatinam. Tamil Nadu government announced helpline numbers 1070 (state-level) and 1077 (districts) for those needing assistance in the wake of Cyclone Gaja. Strong winds and heavy rains also uprooted trees and damaged electricity lines and transformers, leaving some coastal hamlets without power. CHENNAI: The cyclonic storm 'Gaja' over the Bay of Bengal lay at about 470 km south-east from here and is set to make landfall between Cuddalore and Pamban on Thursday evening bringing heavy rainfall to Tamil Nadu, Pudducherry and parts of Andhra Pradesh. The impact of the cyclone also damaged electricity transformers and power lines, cutting off electricity in several districts. \n But Cyclone Gaja is a major disaster, and its economic impact in Tamil Nadu is comparable to that of the tsunami of 2004. Satellite mapping is crucial for bird conservation and identification of roadblocks in its migration route,” he said. Huts collapsed in the district of Karaikal in Puducherry following the impact of Cylone Gaja, which chief minister V Narayanasamy said had affected fishermen the most, destroying around 150 of their vessels. Tamil Nadu Foundation, USA Inc. Tax ID #52-1064562 7409 Green Hill Drive Macungie, PA 18062 Phone: 781-486-3872 (781-4TNF-USA) “Deterioration in stopover zones, which are important for refueling, can limit the population of migratory birds on that flyway, similar to the decline in shorebirds which relied on the Yellow Sea. After cyclone Gaja in 2018, this will be the second cyclone to cross Tamil Nadu in the last two years. Gaja is most likely to make landfall by the evening of November 15 and cross Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore, near Nagapattinam as a cyclonic storm only. Gaja made landfall with higher wind speed than forecast by the India Meteorological Department. The Buckingham Canal runs through the core parts of the city and is the final outlet for many drains. Cyclone Titli had earlier made landfall on October 11 and left 62 people dead in Odisha. Nivar made landfall on the night of November 25, 2020, bringing heavy rains in several coastal and northern districts of Tamil Nadu, southern Andhra Pradesh, and Puducherry along India’s south-east coast. Compared to December 2019, when 12000 migratory birds showed up, this year saw the count increase to 15000. The total number of cyclones that have affected the state between 1891 and 2002 are 54, which is the fourth highest in the country after Odisha (98), Andhra Pradesh (79) and West Bengal (69). Preparation, impacts and aftermath. Cyclone Gaja is set to make landfall in Tamil Nadu today. TRICHY: Severe cyclonic storm Gaja that crossed Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranniyam in the early hours of Friday -- between 12.30am and 2.30am -- with a wind speed of 100-110kmph gusting to 120kmph brought heavy rain in the coastal districts, said the India Meteorological Department. It will gain strength and get into the category of a severe cyclone by November 25. It will make landfall in the evening today, says the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) latest forecast. © 2021 Quartz Media, Inc. All rights reserved. About 1 lakh electric poles, 1000 transformers, 201 electricity substations and 5000 boats were destroyed by the cyclone.1000s of cattle, birds died due to the cyclone. The impact… An assured flow of funds to undertake multifaceted research on mudflats is lacking. Inland wetland ecosystems like lakes and large public water tanks have turned temporary shelters and roosting sites, with the sudden surge in bird visitors from Vaduvoor like sanctuaries. The much-needed rains poured only during cyclone Nivar in November but by that time, the birds had left. Residents of Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu try to get their lives together in the after effects of cyclone Gaja. The other four cyclones were Cyclone Gati, Cyclone Nisarga, Cyclone Nivar and Cyclone Amphan. Dredging can have serious consequences on migratory birds,” said Balachandran. Where is Cyclone Gaja as of now? Now, local governments are scrambling to provide relief following extensive damage to houses, infrastructure, and crops. Menstruation is taboo in large parts of rural India. Shortly after hitting the coast, Gaja would weaken into a deep depression and would continue to travel over land in west-southwest direction towards South Kerala. On November 13, it had changed its track to move towards southern Tamil Nadu rather than … 3:26 pm: “Major damage to thatched huts/houses, roof … The latest reports of dredging the marshland have left environmentalists worried. S. Balachandran, the resident ornithologist at Point Calimere and Deputy Director, Bombay Natural History Society, explained that high-velocity winds that accompany cyclones are detrimental to bird congregation sites and rain-filled ones usher dramatic changes. But the fishing and farming communities are yet to recover from the aftereffects of Cyclone Gaja which in November 2018 had claimed 45 lives and resulted in immense destruction with lakhs of trees uprooted, houses demolished and livelihoods lost. Unlike their counterparts abroad, Indian avian experts cannot track migratory birds across space by tagging them with transmitters as it is not allowed by the government citing national security. Parts of the Idukki district, including the popular tourist destination Munnar, were flooded and witnessed damage to bridges and crops. The health department ensures that carcasses are buried without exception, leaving scavengers starved. Unlike 2019, when 172 Amur falcons were spotted during this season, not a single bird of the species that is known to take a marathon flight from China to South Africa through India has visited the sanctuary during the same time frame in 2020. Conversations on cyclone Nivar are incomplete without its predecessor Gaja, which had killed several thousand birds and animals in 2018. Cyclone Gaja intensified into a severe cyclonic storm on November 15 and crossed the south Tamil Nadu coast in the early hours of November 16. Tamil Nadu govt under attack over cyclone Gaja relief 21 Nov, 2018, 11.01 AM IST Palaniswami said the November 15 cyclone brought over one lakh electric poles and at least 40 lakh coconut trees to the ground, indicating the magnitude of impact. Though the canal, which connects three rivers (Kosasthalaiyar, Cooum, and Adyar) and flows the entire length of the city, was primarily constructed to be a freshwater navigation channel, it plays a crucial role in the flood mitigation scenario in the city. Youtube. He has also directed to help them in any kind of situation. There is a requirement for a strong database about local birds and their migration habits instead of reliance on sporadic eyewitness accounts,” he observed. “Drugs similar in composition to the banned diclofenac like Ketoprofen, Aceclofenac, Flunixin, and Nimesulide continue to be in use. The sanctuary, home to 166 species and declared as, one of the 93 significant wetlands in Asia, had recorded a major drop in the most common bird species in January, this year. Due to the possibility of adverse effects in the coastal regions of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, early steps were taken by the state governments.About 80,000 were evacuated to 470 relief camps from the districts which were vulnerable to the cyclone in Tamil Nadu. Conversations on cyclone Nivar are incomplete without its predecessor. With COVID-19, dead bodies are also sprayed with strong chemicals, the repercussions of which in vultures should be looked into,” he said. The cyclonic storm Gaja intensified into a severe storm on Tuesday, prompting the India Meteorological Department (IMD) to issue a cyclone alert for Tamil Nadu and the Puducherry coast. Diclofenac, a drug which used to be prescribed for cattle diseases, was proven to affect the kidney of vultures and their population. Regular, continuous monitoring, and study of cyclonic behaviour of birds must be undertaken. Before roosting, breeding, and settling at a place, migratory birds survey the habitat, and only if they find it conducive, do they stay else they disperse. NAGAPATTINAM: Sunday marked the second anniversary of Gaja cyclone which left a trail of destruction in the coastal town of Nagappatinam. Dredging can have serious consequences on migratory birds,” said Balachandran. 63 people died mostly in … Usually, by the last week of September to October, the sanctuary starts buzzing with winged visitors beginning with open-billed storks but it wasn’t the case this year due to insufficient rain from the southwest monsoon. Cyclone Gaja makes landfall, heavy rains lash Tamil Nadu, Puducherry. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has … Cyclone Gaja, which made landfall ... of Tamil Nadu on Sunday. “There would have been no floods if Pallikaranai’s topography was retained. These are the core obsessions that drive our newsroom—defining topics of seismic importance to the global economy. As of the morning on November 24, the cyclone was located 450 km southeast of Chennai. 2.1 Track of Gaja cyclone The southern east coast of Tamil Nadu is historically prone to vigorous tropical cyclones that create intense damage to lives and properties. Chennai: Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Puducherry have been bracing for Cyclone Nivar. Measures were taken by the Tamil Nadu government to store dry rations and fuel for the people after the cyclone's impact. The total number of cyclones that have affected the state between 1891 and 2002 are 54, which is the fourth highest in the country after Odisha (98), Andhra Pradesh (79) and West Bengal (69). Diclofenac, a drug which used to be prescribed for cattle diseases, was proven to affect the kidney of vultures and their population. Further, these habitats desperately need rain-filled cyclones to enable microorganisms, phytoplanktons, zooplankton, and fish to thrive and in turn for birds to feed on them. he last week of December saw around 100 painted storks showing up at the country’s oldest bird sanctuary, Vedanthangal in Chengalpattu, marking the completion of the arrival season of migratory birds. The Cyclone has left a trail of destruction in the delta districts of Tamil Nadu claiming lives of at least 63 people. “Unlike 30 years ago, now only cyclonic depressions result in good rains in the state due to global climate changes exacerbated by local conditions which have turned disastrous for migratory birds,” Balachandran said. Tamil Nadu govt under attack over cyclone Gaja relief 21 Nov, 2018, 11.01 AM IST Palaniswami said the November 15 cyclone brought over one lakh electric poles and at least 40 lakh coconut trees to the ground, indicating the magnitude of impact. After cyclone Gaja in 2018, this will be the second cyclone to cross Tamil Nadu in the last two years. made landfall on the night of November 25, 2020, bringing heavy rains in several coastal and northern districts of Tamil Nadu, southern Andhra Pradesh, and Puducherry along India’s south-east coast. Gaja Impact Gallery . Many Universities in Tamilnadu postpone their examinations on Thursday, ahead of Gaja cyclone. Cyclone Gaja is known to have killed at least 46 people in the coastal state. Cyclone Gaja has left a trail of destruction in the southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Puducherry, claiming the lives of at least 45 people. Here’s how the southern states have fared so far: The state government has estimated that the cyclone uprooted over 170,000 trees and damaged about 117,000 houses. Though the cyclone in moving too fast it is going to dump huge rainfall in short period. Kumaraguru, conservation scientist and Honorary Wildlife Warden at Tiruvarur, Tamil Nadu Forest Department said that following every cyclone, the focus is solely on lack of electricity, waterlogging, and other utilitarian issues. In a number of affected areas, including the Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, and Nagapattinam districts, schools remain closed today (Nov. 19). Banner image: Spot-billed pelican nesting sighted at the Pallikaranai marshland in this season.Photo by KVRK Thirunaranan. Around 250,000 people have been evacuated in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, where wind speeds reached 120kmph when the storm made landfall on Nov. 16. KVRK Thirunaranan, founder, The Nature Trust said that in spite of the never-ending obstacles, the winged visitors haven’t missed their date with the wetland, which saw 40,000 visitors from 182 species in January 2020, the highest in a decade. Farmers have seen acres of their coconut farms and banana plantations ruined, according to the The News Minute. Lessons from Cyclone Gaja: how to limit the impact of extreme weather in developing countries January 25, 2019 10 ... Tamil Nadu is the country’s second-largest economy. Cyclone Gaja: Several villages in Tamil Nadu yet to get food, water 3 min read. With COVID-19, dead bodies are also sprayed with strong chemicals, the repercussions of which in vultures should be looked into,” he said. Chennai: Cyclone Gaja finally touched the shores of southern Tamil Nadu during the early hours of 16 November, near Vedaranyam in Nagapattinam district. Only a few government organisations are allowed to do it but they lack the required expertise. Also read: 11 Dead in ‘Severe’ Cyclonic Storm Gaja in Tamil Nadu “The impact created by cyclone Gaja certainly is deeper than we could imagine. Coming in at 120 kmph, as opposed to the 90-100 kmph that was anticipated, Gaja caused more damage than expected, according to government authorities. According to range officer G. Subbiah, the last week of December saw around 100 painted storks showing up at the country’s oldest bird sanctuary, Vedanthangal in Chengalpattu, marking the completion of the arrival season of migratory birds. Fishermen were also asked not to go out to sea. Cyclone Gaja centred over Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm and cross Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore on Thursday evening or night, the Met said. Tamil Nadu seeks Rs 15,000 crore from Centre to rebuild after cyclone Gaja. Fishermen cover their boats in Chennai. Fishermen cover their boats in Chennai. Just a few months after severe flooding brought life in the southern-most state to a standstill, several districts in Kerala faced heavy rains and landslides once again. These are some of our most ambitious editorial projects. As of 5.30 am Tuesday, the cyclone was located 410 km east-southeast of Puducherry and 450 km southeast of Chennai. As of 5.30 am Tuesday, the cyclone was located 410 km east-southeast of Puducherry and 450 km southeast of Chennai. Cyclone Gaja: Help arrives from the Center. 'Gaja' that lay … Tamil Nadu’s revenue administration director, Satyagopal Rao, said the government has made necessary arrangements to address the cyclone and its impact. Mongabay-India is a conservation and environment news and features service that aims to bring high quality, original reports from nature’s frontline in India. The Centre on Friday pledged all support to cyclone Nivar-affected Tamil Nadu with both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister K Palaniswami announcing relief to the kin of those killed. Subscribe. Without Nivar, Chennai would have faced an immense water deficit. Mudflats constitute an important ecosystem and attract shorebirds, among other species like crabs, which form the food base for these birds. Emergency bird habitats, that included temporary man-made structures such as nesting sites, were arranged ahead of Nivar at the Oussudu lake bird sanctuary situated between Pulicat and Point Calimere wetlands, said Range Officer Dharmalingam. Singh in a tweet wrote, ‘Spoke to CM Shri K Palaniswami regarding the situation in the cyclone affected areas of Tamil Nadu. We need to understand bird ecology, how and why they move for reasons apart from food or breeding, tolerance to environmental influences, tactics, breeding, and feeding ecology. Cyclone Gaja is expected to make landfall between Pamban and … The usual count of 5000 spot-billed pelicans had decreased to 2000 at Vedanthangal. As cyclonic storm Gaja approaches coastal Tamil Nadu, over 30,000 personnel have been deployed for relief and rescue efforts. He has also directed to help them in any kind of situation. Further, these habitats desperately need rain-filled cyclones to enable microorganisms, phytoplanktons, zooplankton, and fish to thrive and in turn for birds to feed on them. The Tamil Nadu Forest Department along with the Biodiversity Conservation Foundation conducted a synchronised bird census for the last three years, as part of which eight lakh birds from protected areas were assessed, the report of which will be released in December. Cyclones Nivar and Burevi brought relief to migratory birds after a two-year lull post-cyclone Gaja in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, which was finally able to clock a good count of the winged visitors in the 15 wildlife and bird sanctuaries, even as avian experts warn that research, conservation and monitoring of bird habitats in the state leaves a lot to be desired. Red Alert: Gaja Upgraded to a 'Severe' Cyclonic Storm, to Hit Tamil Nadu Tonight. “The spotlight should as much be on our preparedness quotient, the impact on wildlife, natural ecosystem, and the overall role of human beings. But after I saw the impact of Cyclone Gaja’s wrath on these districts, the scene has changed completely. Arulagam, a Coimbatore-based NGO has been holding puppet shows for villagers and art workshops on making vulture caps and face masks for school students in Nilgiris district and Sathyamangalam to discourage demonisation of the scavengers. Conservation is to let nature be as human presence is the biggest disruption. The health department ensures that carcasses are buried without exception, leaving scavengers starved. The Tamil Nadu state government reported that more than 100,000 people were evacuated and were sheltered in 1000 relief centers. KK Kaushal, Field Director, Mudumalai Tiger Reserve said that veterinarians are being educated about Diclofenac equivalent drugs and the plan for a captive breeding centre for vultures at the Sigur Reserve Forest Range has been approved. Photo: PTI. The marshland proposal to develop infrastructure for flood mitigation in the southern parts of Chennai is not to dredge but only reduce the quantity of water that reaches the marshland from other areas through baby canals that will divert the water directly to the Buckingham Canal,” J. Meghanatha Reddy, Deputy Commissioner (Works), Chennai Corporation told Mongabay-India. Poisoning by cattle herders is another problem. Tamil Nadu Foundation is a nonprofit foundation created in 1974 by a group of Americans of Tamil origin who wanted to help people from their native province of Tamil Nadu in India. You may republish Mongabay content in your publication at no cost. “Drugs similar in composition to the banned diclofenac like Ketoprofen, Aceclofenac, Flunixin, and Nimesulide continue to be in use. The annual visitors including flamingos, pelicans, sandpipers, bar-headed geese, garganey, pin-tailed ducks, black-winged stilt, Northern shoveler, and gull-billed tern have begun to flock to the Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary, Nagapattinam. Gaja was the sixth cyclone among the series of cyclone that hit the coast of Tamil Nadu in 2018 which was initially formed as a low pressure and intensified as a depression Currently moving in at 17 kmph towards Tamil Nadu, Gaja is expected to make landfall at Nagapattinam district between 8 pm and 11 pm on Thursday. Home Minister, Rajnath Singh has asked the Home Secretary, Rajiv Gauba to keep a close watch on Tamil Nadu. ... Impact of Cyclone Gaja: Tamil Nadu is bracing itself for cyclonic storm Gaja, which is currently centred about 720 km east-northeast of Chennai. CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Government has asked private employers in the state to consider closing business—in select districts—for the day by 4 pm on Thursday in view of the approaching cyclone Gaja. While Cyclone Nivar ushered neither damage nor relief, cyclone Burevi ensured 40 cm rainfall in just two days. With the cyclone submerging the ground vegetation at the tank, the birds have again moved out. “There would have been no floods if Pallikaranai’s topography was retained. news Cyclone Gaja Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 15:48 Megha Kaveri Follow @meghakaveri As Cyclone Gaja approaches the Tamil Nadu coast, the district of Cuddalore is bracing for impact. 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