Official sources said a total of 1,27,448 trees were uprooted when gale winds, gusting upto 120 kmph, lashed the districts when the cyclone made the landfall.
Efforts were on to clear the uprooted trees to streamline the transport facilities, besides clearing the toppled electric poles and replacing them with new ones, to ensure that life returns to normal at the earliest in the cyclone hit areas.
Though several areas in the worst hit Nagapattinam district remained marooned, telecommunication facilities, which were badly hit, were being restored in the affected districts. Medical teams and ambulances were providing round the clock services to the affected people and the Health Ministry has taken steps to prevent outbreak of any epidemic in the Cyclone-hit areas.
Farmers were a worried lot as full grown banana plantations in thousands of acres in the Cauvery delta regions and other crops were damaged, while paddy crops in several districts were submerged in rain waters in Trichy, Thanjavur, Nagappattinam, Karur and Pudukkottai.
More than 20,000 houses in ten districts, including hutments, tiled and thatched houses were damaged in the cyclone fury, rendering thousands of people roofless in several districts. Of this 15,895 hutments were fully damaged while a little over
5,000 were partially damaged.
The Insides Speak