K Natarajan (45), a farmworker was staying with his family in a hut in Melathoppu at Soorapallam village when Gaja cyclone struck the coast on November 16, 2018.
Around 62.42 lakh coconut trees were uprooted or damaged in the wake of the cyclone last year. Of this, 45.07 lakh trees were felled in Thanjavur district alone.
In Kodiyakarai, 95 fishermen accepted compensation for boats and eight have availed catamarans but dozens more are pleading for compensation from the Fisheries department.
Though Rajakumari's struggles appear never-ending, she believes her grandchildren would support her in the future.
Cyclone Gaja's demonic winds devoured his MM Poultry Farm, blew off thatched roofs and brought down several trees last year in 2018.
Vanam managed to collect and plant 1.3 lakh Palmyra palm seeds n the delta districts in the past one year.
Empty frames, damaged boards and signages can be seen on highways leading to Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Pudukkottai.
Even as the crops planted in cyclone-affected areas are nearing flowering stage, farmers are cautiously optimistic of returning to financial stability.
Vedaranyam has 9,000 acres of salterns, of which around 6,000 acres are owned by two corporate firms -- GHCL and Chemplast Sanmar.
Three houses in the coastal hamlet of Kodiyakkarai crumbled completely, while several others were damaged.
The waves had pushed calcareous ooze into villages of Pushpavanam, Periyakuthagai, and Naluvethapathi around a kilometre towards inland.
A year back, on November 16, Cyclone Gaja crashed into the Tamil Nadu coast, and left a trail of destruction in its wake. Express travels through the Delta districts, which were worst-hit by the storm
Cyclone Gaja’s footprint is still visible at Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary at Kodiyakarai, spread over 21 sq. km.
Gajashri, who was literally born ‘in the eye of the storm’ on November 16 last year in Nagapattinam, was aptly named after the cyclone.
The judge further stated that until the completion of works, the petition should be kept pending, and should be listed for hearing every three months.