Cyclone Gaja, which made landfall in Nagapattinam state in Southeast India on November 16 and has claimed 45 lives across the state. Cyclone Gaja, which packed winds of up to 120km/h, had barrelled into Tamil Nadu state after hitting the coast on Friday.
As of now, 249,500 people are housed in over 493 camps. Thousands of trees have been uprooted and livestock has also been badly affected. Hundreds of emergency workers have been pressed into service to restore roads and power cables, as the full scale of the disaster becomes clear.
347 electricity transformers have been destroyed and 3,559 km of electricity transmission wires have been snapped in the cyclone, thereby cutting the power supply in the affected areas. A total of 12,532 officials from the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board have been deployed on the ground to restore power.
India’s weather department said the cyclonic depression had moved westwards Saturday into the neighbouring Kerala state before continuing into the Arabian Sea.
Storms regularly hit southern India between April and December. Last year, Cyclone Ockhi left nearly 250 people dead in Tamil Nadu and Kerala states.
Image for illustration.