Days after cyclone Gaja made landfall in Tamil Nadu, many districts are grappling with the after-effects of the cyclone. Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Pudukottai, Nagapattinam and places in Dindigul district are some of the areas which have been affected by the cyclone. Since the cyclone uprooted trees, electricity poles and transformers in these regions, the power supply has been fully disrupted in these areas.
Since rehabilitation work is underway in the affected areas, the district administrations in the affected regions have announced holiday for schools on Monday (November 19), according to reports. The list of districts that have announced holiday for schools is given below.
- Tiruvarur – Holiday has been announced by the district collector for all the schools in the district on Monday.
- Thanjavur – Schools that fall under the Pattukottai and Orathanadu educational districts alone will be shut on Monday.
- Nagapattinam – Schools and colleges that come under the Nagapattinam revenue division will be closed on Monday. The district administration has also informed that the schools that come under the Mayiladuthurai revenue division can be declared holiday based on the decision taken by the school headmasters.
- Pudukottai – The district administration has announced that schools and colleges in the district will be closed on Monday.
- Dindigul – Schools that come under the Kodaikanal circle will have a holiday on Monday.
Meanwhile, the exams scheduled for Monday by the Anna University and its affiliated colleges have been postponed to December 15. Similarly, the exams to be held on Monday in polytechnic colleges have also been rescheduled to November 26.
Cyclone Gaja made landfall over Tamil Nadu coast in the wee hours of November 16, wreaking havoc as it passed by. The coastal districts and the delta districts, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, etc., were destroyed by the cyclone as it passed over the land.
As of Sunday, according to official government numbers, 45 people have been killed and around 2.5 lakh people have been displaced from their homes in these districts. The state government had also appointed special officers in various districts to expedite the rehabilitation process in these areas.