"Gaja cyclone" a disaster
A story of devastation in picturesThousands of homes have been destroyed while electric poles and trees litter the rain-swept streets in the coastal and delta districts of Tamil Nadu. Tragedy struck in the wee hours of Friday, November 16. Coastal and delta districts in Tamil Nadu were witness to the devastation of Gaja, a severe cyclonic storm, that left in its wake, a trail of destruction across Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Thiruvarur, Thanjavur, Trichy, Pudukkottai, Dindigul and Puducherry. Hundreds of thatched-roof homes were blown to smithereens by gale winds. Tile-roof homes collapsed on themselves, barely leaving its occupants unhurt. Trees and electric poles were uprooted, making muddied roads and streets unmotorable. A week after the tragedy, villages and hamlets that were worst-hit by the cyclone, are still picking up the pieces. Awaiting a visit by authorities, several local communities have pooled in labour and resources to clear roadways, buy essential supplies and rebuild homes.