Though the assessment of devastation caused by the recent severe cyclonic ‘Gaja’ storm is impending, preliminary reports tell us that banana and coconut trees, at large, were severely damaged and uprooted, besides the tens and thousands of electric poles and crops, in several regions of the delta districts of Tamilnadu.
While there have been no reports of fishermen caught midsea or boats not coming back to the shore anywhere in the coastal regions of the state, several boats on the shore collided with each other due to the strong gusty winds when the cyclone crossed between the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast between Vedaranniyam and Nagapattinam earlier this week.
Agricultural crops such as paddy and maize and mostly horticulture crops including banana and coconut have been completely damaged in delta districts. In addition, poly houses built for the growth of vegetables and crops, infrastructural facilities for horticultural and agricultural farms have been blown away by the destructive storm. There has been the inundation of paddy fields in several places. If the water level ceases to recede immediately, the crop well may fail to materialise, and that is something to be seen in the coming days. The elaborate precautionary measures taken by the Tamilnadu Government under Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Edappadi K. Palaniswami to protect people’s lives, including fishermen, were commendable.
Mr.Jayakumar, Tamilnadu Minister of Fisheries, said that many boats in 333 fishing hamlets in Thanjavur, Cuddalore, Ramanathapuram and Nagapattinam got damaged due to the ferocious nature of the cyclone.