Three weeks after the cyclonic storm stuck the state on November 16, leaving 65 people dead and more that 1.34 lakh electricity poles damaged, officials in the state agriculture department said at least 70,000 coconut farmers have been directly affected in mainly four districts - Thanjavur, Pudukottai, Thiruvarur and Nagapattinam.
What made the situation worse in the delta regions was the lack of geographical obstructions in plain farm lands, unlike in urban and hilly areas, with coconut trees being the only hurdle to wind speeds
Palaniswami had taken a helicopter from Tiruchirappalli to Pudukottai and Thanjavur districts on Tuesday to visit the affected parts but could not land at Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur due to inclement weather following which he had to cut short his tour.
Due to Cyclone Gaja, schools and colleges will remain close in Chennai. The Chennai collector has declared a holiday for all schools and colleges in the district on November 22 due to incessant rain and rainfall warning.