Gaja is over. But that’s not all. For, there have also been reports pouring in about the formation of cyclone Fani on November 29.
Also, it has been predicted that there will be rains in Chennai on November 20 because of a new low pressure. On Friday, over 13,000 electric poles and 5,000 trees got uprooted on the course of the storm.
Revenue and Disaster Management Minister R B Udhayakumar said government was in the process of restoring electrcity connection in the affected areas. Partial network failure disrupted emergency services. But officials deployed mobile towers in Vedaranyam and restored communication network. Also, 405 ambulances were deployed to vulnerable zones in costal areas.
Severe cyclonic storm Gaja crossed the Tamil Nadu coast on Friday, felling several trees, damaging thatched huts and hoardings, according to the IMD. In its weather bulletin, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said Gaja crossed by 12.30 a.m. and 2.30 a.m. near Nagapattinam.
While crossing the coast with gusty winds, the cyclonic storm left behind massive destruction, with maximum damage being caused Nagapattinam district bore the brunt of the cyclone fury.
Two other districts, Thanjavur and Tiruvarur were also worst affected, causing extensive damages. Initial reports said the coastal areas of the district from Nagapattinam to Point Calimere bore the brunt of cyclone as crops, banana plantations in a extent of several hundred acres were damaged.
Almost the entire Nagapattinam district suffered extensive damages and the authorities said it would take a while to assess the exact devastation and destruction caused by the cyclone.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and assured all help from the Central government.