Even before the cyclone made landfall, Ministers M.C. Sampath (Industries), R. Kamaraj (Food), O.S. Manian (Textiles), C. Vijaya Baskar (Health), R. Doraikkannu (Agriculture) and M. Manikandan (Information Technology), who are natives of these districts, have been camping there.
The cyclone destroyed or partially damaged almost 1,600 mud huts and uprooted more than 5,000 trees in the area, state authorities said.
He said a sum of Rs 10 lakh would be paid to each family of the dead.
At least 13 persons died and public infrastructure and private properties in seven districts were damaged as Cyclone Gaja wreaked havoc in Tamil Nadu on Friday. The severe cyclonic storm crossed Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast with wind speeds gusting up to 120kmph, reports said.More news: New details emerge about death of Kim Porter
According to Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority, as many as 76,290 people were evacuated from low lying areas and sheltered at over 300 relief centres in six districts including Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram and Tiruvarur.
"Though the center of cyclone is over land, rear sector of eyewall is still over sea".
A holiday has been declared for educational institutions in Nagapattinam. "Maximum wind speed was reported at Adiramapattinam 117 kmph followed by Nagapattinam 100 kmph and Karaikkal 83 kmph", the latest bulletin said.
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Rains lashed Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, and Thanjavur during the cyclone's landfall, uprooting trees in several regions.
Uprooted trees have fallen on the roads which are being removed by civic workers.
Revenue Minister R B Udaya Kumar told reporters that the government has tackled the cyclone situation successfully.
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So powerful were the gales that the roof sheets of the Nagapattinam railway station were damaged. The Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority has been pressed into action and relief measures of the Tamil Nadu government.