Updated 28 Dec 2018 09:00AM
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Cyclone Gaja, now officially the worst cyclone that has hit the Delta Region in the past ~25 years, made landfall near Nagappattinam on the intervening night of November 10-11. Clocking windspeed in the upwards of ~110kmph, this mighty cyclone took a path of destruction across Nagappattinam, Thiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudhukottai, Muthupet (Mannargudi), Sivagangai, Dingugal and some parts of Theni & Madurai districts. The highest sustained wind speed was recorded in Adhirampattinam (165 kmph) and Muthupet (160 kmph). The Cyclone has crumbled houses, killed livestock, uprooted many trees and flooded cultivation fields and farms in the delta region. The region where the main source of poeple's income is dependent on agriculture.
In the days after Gaja, every morning they were waking up to dead livestock and fallen trees all around. It takes about 10 years for a fully grown coconut tree to start yielding coconuts on which their income depends. There are about a lakh coconut trees that Gaja has uprooted. 63 people lost their lives, mostly in the districts of Thiruvarur, Thanjavur and Pudukottai, and thousands more lost their livelihood in the whole delta region. About 1 lakh electric poles, 1000 transformers, 201 electricity substations and 5000 boats were also destroyed by the Cyclone.
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