Cyclone Gaja to make landfall on Tamil Nadu coast tonight

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With winter setting in, rains and snow have begun to occur more frequently. Rains down south due to the cyclone Gaja have been quite severe. Snowfall in the northern hill states is bringing in the winter feeling, while unseasonable rain in Delhi has brought some respite from the pollution.

Cyclonic storm Gaja has led to heavy and heavy rainfall with gale force winds in the Southern coasts of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry , Kerala, Rayalseema, South Karnataka,and South coastal Andhra Pradesh.

The administration here is on high alert. Four teams each of the National and state Disaster Response forces have been kept on standby along the Nagappattinam coast. The Indian Navy is also on alert with two ships Ranveeer and Khanjar for rescue work. The Navy is in constant touch with the state authorities for any emergency.

In Himachal Pradesh, temperatures fell as fresh snowfall was recorded in Lahaul Spitti, Kinnaur, Chamba, Kullu. Rainfall in many areas caused temperatures to dip below zero in other areas.

Tourist spots Manali and Kalpa experienced the first snow of the season making even farmers happy as the weather is conducive to sowing of the Rabi crop in hilly areas. The Met department has forecast dry weather for the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, a cold wave is sweeping across Jammu and Kashmir, Fresh snowfall in the Pir Panjal has led to a cold weather in the plains. The Mughal Road is blocked causing severe problems to commuters.

Delhi-NCR experienced heavy rains during the night reducing pollution levels. In Delhi, only two areas recorded 'very poor' pollution levels while 26 spots in the city recorded pollution levels one notch lower of 'very poor'. Air Quality was recorded as 237 on Thursday which falls in the 'poor' category.