The "Gaja" cyclone

A trail of destruction in Tamil Nadu

"Gaja" Collapsed coastal fishermen belongings In the wake of the "Gaja" cyclone, trees were uprooted, crops were destroyed, buildings collapsed making many people homeless. Cyclone "Gaja" has left a trail of destruction in Tamil Nadu, claiming the lives of at- least 63 people Around 350,000 people have been evacuated in Tamil Nadu, where wind speeds reached 120 km/h when the storm made landfall on November 16 2018.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued red warning, the highest category, for the eastern coastal states, telling locals to watch out for heavy rains and strong winds. Fishermen were also asked not to go out to sea. Now, local governments are scrambling to provide relief following extensive damage to houses, infrastructure, and crops. The State Government has estimated that the cyclone uprooted over 1170,000 and damaged about 340,000 houses. Farmers have seen acres of their coconut farms and banana plantations ruined. The impact of the cyclone also damaged and power lines, cutting off electricity in several districts including the Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Pudukottai and Nagapattinam districts. Indian Navy personnel joined the State Authorities,  and civil populace to clear public buildings and roads in Nagapattinam.

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In the wake of the "Gaja" cyclone, trees were uprooted, crops were destroyed, buildings collapsed making many people homeless.


Sevai team assess damage