Saturday, December 31, 2011

Cyclone Thane renders people starving, shelterless in Tamil Nadu coast, India

Hundreds of families have been forced to bear the burnt of cyclone Thane in the coastal regions of Tamil Nadu as they were rendered homeless by the cyclone.

Hapless people were seen wandering on Saturday in search of shelter and food at various locations of cyclone hit areas in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Cyclone Thane struck the coast of Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu on Friday, with heavy rains lashing several areas and causing extensive damage to the property.

At least 33 people were reported dead when the cyclone hit coast of south India near the former French colony of Puducherry, officials said.

Apart from rendering hundreds of families homeless, the cyclone damaged road links, buildings and power lines.

Krishnamurthy, a resident of Cuddalore, said cyclone victims have not got food since yesterday.

"After the rain water entered into the villages, people, both men and women, fled to the safer places. And from yesterday night we have been literally starving, struggling to have a morsel of food," lamented Krishnamurthy.

Cyclone Thane hit southern Tamil Nadu on Friday with winds of up to 135 kmph and tidal surges of up to 5 feet.
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