Trichy: Coconut farmers from Pattukotai, Peravurani in Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts who have lost their livelihood due to Cyclone Gaja, fell on to the feet of members of the central team, who are carrying out inspections in the affected districts to evaluate the enormity of the damages. Villagers, who have suffered enormous losses, appealed to the team for sanctioning good compensation for their loss.
During the team’s visitvisit, A Praba of Puthur near Orathanadu explained how the cyclone blew away the roof of her house. She said her family was forced to stay on the road since then. “Even after 10 days we are wandering for drinking water and there is no power till today,” she said with tears in her eyes. The team also visited another damaged house of another villager, Indira Gandhi, of the same area.
After reaching Pulavankadu village where the cyclone uprooted thousands of coconut trees, villagers surrounded the team members and started to air their grievances. They said that they have lost everything.
While the team members were listening to the villagers a woman approached them and suddenly fell on the foot of the officials and started to cry. Shocked by this, the officials asked her to get up and consoled the woman. The woman, Saroja, has lost hundreds of coconut trees in the cyclone. She appealed them for a reasonable compensation so that she could start a new life. The officials assured the villagers that they will submit a complete report to benefit them.
Joint secretary for Ministry of Home affairs Daniel Richard, who led the team, said the number of coconut trees affected was in lakhs.