The Department of Revenue and Disaster Management notification issued on Jan 3 and published in the State Gazette said the entire region has been declared a natural calamity affected area. The notification was issued by Special Secretary Dr S B Deepak Kumar under the order of the Lt Governor.
The government has estimated the total damage caused by the cyclone at Rs 2,000 crore. Cuddalore and Puducherry were the worst-affected by the cyclonic storm which crossed the coast on December 30, leaving in its wake a trail of destruction and claiming 46 lives. Cuddalore alone accounted for 39 deaths.