They urged the state to restore electricity and water supply as early as possible.
The fishermen will decide whether to use the scrap for rebuilding boats or sell it and share the money accrued from it.
In the incident on Wednesday, one group who ventured into sea from Pudukkottai comprised five fishermen from Jegathapattinam while eight others set sail from Kottaipattinam in two boats.
The cyclone’s aftermath brought heavy winds to Vijayawada, lasting over three hours, leaving the already vulnerable fishermen with no opportunity to move their boats to safety.
It is learnt that the boats were chased off by the Sri Lankan Navy, while fishing near the IMBL.
Speaking to TNIE, P Durga Prasad, a fisherman whose boat was completely gutted in the accident, elaborated on the financial challenges faced by fishermen in insuring their vessels.
Department officials confirmed that all deep-sea mechanised fishing boats which had ventured into sea have returned to shore.
The boat caught on fire near the fishing harbour due to an alleged cylinder explosion.
Fishermen families are worried as the incident comes close on the heels of an inferno that had destroyed over 40 boats at Zero Jetty in the harbour.
The arrested individuals were subsequently handed over to Fishery department officials, and the seized fish was distributed to local fishermen through auction.
Further, mentioning the conflict as a complex process, Annamalai said, “Ever since we ceded Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka, our international boundaries changed."
Kapaleeswarar temple Joint Commissioner Kavinitha told TNIE, "We suspect that some pollutants washed into the tank from outside along with rainwater. The water samples have been sent for testing."
Political leaders do not want to leave any chance to gain mileage as the fishermen's community is the deciding factor in the electoral fortunes of candidates in at least three Assembly constituencies.
However, when the Pamban rail bridge span system was opened, all four unregistered boats allegedly crossed over and anchored near the Rameswaram jetty last week.
A team of forensic experts examined the scene, collected samples of the remnants and questioned witnesses to understand the root cause of fire.
Speaking on the occasion, he said the TDP had created various opportunities for BCs financially, socially and politically.
Addressing the media on Saturday, Police Commissioner A Ravi Shankar revealed that the police have identified the accused to be Vasupalli Nani and his uncle Satyam, both fishermen.
When my name figured in some unverified news reports, both the police and our fishermen community believed that it was me who set the boats on fire.
Predicting the victory of the JSP-TDP alliance in 2024, he urged the people to trust him for 10 years for a bright future.
Speaking to media on Friday, he said JSP chief Pawan Kalyan gave Rs 50,000 each to the affected boat owners and the TDP would come up with Rs 1 lakh aid for mileage.