Many places in central Tamil Nadu which were affected by cyclone Gaja last week are yet to come back to normalcy. Though the government said it is taking best efforts, people in some parts alleged relief works are yet to reach them.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami appealed to leaders of all political parties to take part in the relief activities. He said the relief operations were going on a war footing in the districts affected by the cyclonic storm and state ministers have been deployed in Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, and Pudukottai to monitor it.
The state government is collecting details about areas which have been badly affected by the cyclone, Palaniswami told journalists in Salem.
After Cyclone Gaja made landfall on Friday in Tamil Nadu and killed at nearly 50 people, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday said it will re-intensify into a cyclonic storm.
“Squally wind speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph is prevailing over Southeast Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep area. It is very likely to gradually increase becoming gale wind speed reaching 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph during next 24 hours,” the IMD said in its official release.
The weather department also said that “extremely heavy” rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places over Lakshadweep in the next 24 hours.
Official sources said a total of 1,27,448 trees were uprooted when gale winds, gusting upto 120 kmph, lashed the districts when the cyclone made the landfall.
Efforts were on to clear the uprooted trees to streamline the transport facilities, besides clearing the toppled electric poles and replacing them with new ones, to ensure that life returns to normal at the earliest in the cyclone hit areas.
Though several areas in the worst hit Nagapattinam district remained marooned, telecommunciation facilities, which were badly hit, were being restored in the affected districts.