Chennai, Nov 17: The death toll due to cyclonic storm Gaja, which hit coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, has reached to 33, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said on Saturday.
Addressing media at Salem, Palaniswami stated that 20 men, 11 women, and 2 children died due to the cyclone that crossed the Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam districts between 12.30 a.m. and 2.30 a.m. on Friday.
The cyclone left a trail of destruction in Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Cuddalore, Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram districts.
Due to the cyclone, 70 livestock and several goats, poultry and deer have also died.
Some 127,000 trees were uprooted by the strong cyclonic winds that touched a maximum speed of about 120 kmph, the Chief Minister added.
The state government is distributing water, milk and food to the people affected by the calamity.
About 177,500 people are staying in 351 relief camps in the cyclone-affected areas.
According to the Chief Minister, about 30,000 electricity poles were broken, and 105 power sub-stations affected.
About 10,000 personnel have deployed in the cyclone-affected coastal districts to repair the installations.