Thousands of homes have been destroyed while electric poles and trees litter the rain-swept streets in the coastal and delta districts of Tamil Nadu.

Cyclone Gaja A story of devastation in pictures
news Cyclone Gaja Friday, November 23, 2018 - 15:41

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.

Read: Here's how you can help Cyclone Gaja-affected districts in Tamil Nadu

TNM captures the devastation in images:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All pictures by Manasa Rao

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