By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |Updated: November 17, 2018 12:37:51 The storm left in its wake a trace…
The storm left in its wake a trace of destruction that grows trees, electric posts and harmful crops. (Reuters photo)
At least 35 people were killed in the heavy cyclical storm Gaja as the battered Tamil Nadu coast on Friday. As many as 82,000 people were evacuated before the cyclone landed between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam in the state. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted rapid weather conditions in the area for the next 24 hours. The cyclonic storm has moved west to the inner Tamil Nadu, which gives heavy rains to the Tamil-Kerala border.
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The storm has planted 1,27,448 trees and has damaged several electric poles and crops in state. Districts like Pudukottai, Thanjavur and Cuddalore carry most of the cyclone’s brown. Many fishing boats drove to Sri Lanka’s waters and the government made efforts to get them back. It has been reported that as many as 173 boats reached the Slovenian coast and at least 120 were injured due to the storm.
“There have been major damage to houses, power infrastructure, crops, boats and trees in Nagapattinam. We have mobilized many mobile and static camps and chlorination is done. More than 200 doctors and paramedics are present,” says ANI Tamil Nadu Health Secretary.
The Indian Navy personnel have joined to state authorities, NDRF and citizens to clear public buildings and roads in Nagapattinam. Two seafaring Chetlat and Cheriyam with relief materials have also arrived at Karaikal. On the other hand, the Rameswaram-Dhanushkodi road was opened in the state which closed for three days due to Gaja , opened early Saturday morning.
CM announced a financial support of Rs 10 lakh to families of those who died in the cyclone. (SHABBIR AHMED / via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS DELIVERED TO A THIRD PARTY. COMPULSORY CREDIT. NO RESULTS. NO ARCHIVE)
Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami assured help to the people as soon as they did not panic. He announced a financial support of Rs 10 lakh to the deceased’s families. After a full assessment of the damage, the government will approach the center for assistance. Meanwhile, DMK leader MK Stalin has estimated the efforts of the state disaster management team and remedial actions taken by the state.
Cyclone Gaja is the second cyclone that strikes the coastal area for one month after the Cyclone Titli caused chaos in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on October 11, killing a total of 70 people.
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