The cyclonic storm crossed Tamil Nadu's coast between Nagapattinam and nearby Vedaranyam early hours Friday, bringing in heavy rains in the coastal regions, according to a weather bulletin.
The strong wind damaged several thatched houses and uprooted many trees and electric poles in Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur and Pudukkottai districts.
The Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority, on Saturday, revised the death toll due to cyclone Gaja at 35, while adding that so far 1,27,448 trees have fallen across the state.Winds gusting upto 120 kmph uprooted trees, snapped electric cables and blew off roofing-sheets.According to officials, ten men and three women died and 28 head of cattle perished on Friday in cyclone-related incidents despite authorities evacuating as many as 81,948 people to 471 relief centres in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur, Pudukottai and Tiruvarur districts.
Relief Materials Collection points
Chennai Trekking Club (CTC) - Chennai Trekking Club - set ups 10 collection point in Chennai They collect candles matchboxes mosquito coils, tarpaulins, veshit and saris, sanitary napkins, rices and grocery items High priority is tarpaulins candles and matchboxes Those in Perambur, Anna Nagar, Shenoy Nagar and Arumbakkam areas can reach out to Dr Renuka Ramakirshnan, President, Rotary club of Chennai Bharathi and Dr Banupriya, Founder of Aadharavu Charitable Trust to drop off relief packages at any one of these addresses.
Dr Renuka Ramakrishna (9444087050)
New 28, Mangalam Villa, 7th cross street,
West Shenoy nagar, Chennai 30
Dr N Banupriya (9600142089)
No 23 A, CYS Road, Sastri nagar ,
Near Perambur Railway Station, Chennai 12
Arrow Event Management
Door no 7/2, New no 13/2,
9th St. Jainagar, Arumbakkam, Chennai 106
A Facebook group, The New Face of Society (TNFS) has also opened collection centres across Chennai encouraging people to drop off materials to be sent to delta districts.
A list of requirements is also mentioned in the post. The coordinators can be reached at 9176199769 and 9003024282 for information about current requirement of materials.
Nagapattinam - 9443500728, 9843810579, 9003322566
Cuddalore - 04142-220700
Tiruvarur - 04366-226623
Pudukkottai - 04322-222207
Thanjavur - 04362-230121
Account number: 1172010000000070
CMPRF PAN: AAAGC0038F