New Delhi: India Meteorological Department on Sunday predicted that cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ is likely to intensify further into a ‘Severe Cyclonic Storm’ in 24 hours. News agency ANI quoted IMD saying, “It’s likely to move west-northwestwards during next 36 hrs&west-southwestwards towards north TN-south AP during the subsequent 48 hrs. Moving west-southwestwards it’s likely to weaken.”

The Met department advised fishermen not to venture into the Andaman Sea during the next 12 hours. Rainfall at many places is very likely to occur. It is expected that heavy rainfall may occur over Tamil Nadu and Chennai.

IMD further said, “The deep depression over Southeast&adjoining Central Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 12 kmph during past 6 hours, intensified into a Cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ and lay centered over East-central and adjoining West central & Southeast Bay of Bengal.”

According to a media report, Chennai will remain cloudy. Light rain is expected to occur in some areas.

Last month Cyclone Titli made landfall on the eastern Indian state of Odisha. The cyclonic storm had caused ‘heavy to very heavy rainfall’ in Ganjam, Gajapati, and Puri districts of Odisha. Damage of thatched and asbestos house, street lights, roads blockage due to the falling of trees, were been reported in many districts.

Around 3,00,000 people were evacuated and 1112 relief camps were opened for the evacuees in the shelters.