Chennai: Severe cyclonic storm 'Thane' on Friday claimed 33 lives as it hit the Tamil Nadu coast, leaving a trail of destruction and throwing life out of gear in Cuddalore district and neighbouring Union Territory of Puducherry.

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Cuddalore, about 170 km from here on the east coast, bore the brunt of the cylocnic fury, accounting for nine deaths, Puducherry seven and Chennai two in rain-related incidents such as wall collapse and electrocution, officials said.
  
'Thane' crossed the coast between Cuddalore and Puducherry bringing in its wake torrential rains accompanied by gale that uprooted hundreds of trees and electric poles, snapping power supply in several areas.
  
The tiny Puducherry was cut off from neighbouring districts in Tamil Nadu with the uprooted trees blocking road traffic.
  
After the landfall, Thane moved further westward and weakened rapidly into a deep depression and lay centered at about 100 km west of Cuddalore, the regional weather office here said.
 
"The system is likely to move westwards and weaken further," it said forecasting heavy rainfall for the next 12-24 hours in different parts of the state and Puducherry and advised fishermen against venturing into sea due to rough conditions.
  
Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa sanctioned a sum of Rs 150 crore towards immediate relief works including putting back in shape the infrastructure which has taken a hit and directing four of her cabinet colleagues to visit affected districts to oversee relief work.

In Chennai, a cargo ship ran aground off Marina Beach with the sea conditions remaining rough. Sheet of water could be seen on the service road along the beach which was lashed by tidal waves.
  
City Corporation officials evacuated more than 2,000 people living along the shores to safer places.
  
Eleven fishing hamlets in Karaikkal were affected following sea water intrusion and over 70 boats were damaged.
  
In Tamil Nadu, Nagapattinam, another coastal district, also was battered by rains and heavy wind causing damage to banana plantation. Electric posts were uprooted, resulting in power outage since Thursday night.
  
Sea water entered several coastal hamlets in Sirkazhi, Tarangambadi and Nagapattinam region forcing residents of these areas to move to safer places. Government had declared a holiday for educational institutions in 11 districts.
  
The cylone also disrupted rail and air operations with services cancelled or rescheduled. Flights to international destinations including the middle-east and Malaysia from
Chennai were cancelled following the inclement weather.
  
Southern Railway partially cancelled and rescheduled most of the trains between Chennai and southern districts. Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy reviewed the situation with officials and announced a relief of Rs two lakh to the families of the deceased.
   
"The system is likely to move westwards and weaken further," the weather office said forecasting heavy rainfall for the next 12-24 hours in different parts of the state and Puducherry and advised fishermen against venturing into sea due to rough conditions.
      
Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa sanctioned a sum of Rs 150 crore towards immediate relief works including putting back in shape the infrastructure which has taken a hit and directing four of her cabinet colleagues to visit affected districts to oversee relief work.
      
Eleven fishing hamlets in Karaikkal were affected following sea water intrusion and over 70 boats were damaged.       

In Tamil Nadu, Nagapattinam, another coastal district, also was battered by rains and heavy wind causing damage to banana plantation. Electric posts were uprooted, resulting in power outage since Thursday night.
      
Sea water entered several coastal hamlets in Sirkazhi, Tarangambadi and Nagapattinam region forcing residents of these areas to move to safer places. Government had declared a holiday for educational institutions in 11 districts.
      
Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy reviewed the situation with officials and announced a relief of Rs two lakh to the families of the deceased.
      
In Andhra Pradesh, only two tehsils in the coastal Nellore district received 9.8 cm of rain, while 174 other tehsils received moderate rains, state Revenue Minister N Raghuveera Reddy said.
      
Briefing reporters after a review meeting this evening, Raghuveera said the sea had calmed and no damage to property or casualties had been reported.
     
"By God's grace, there is no loss of life or property anywhere. Everything is returning to normalcy," he said.       

However, all relief teams, including the National Disaster Response Force, have been asked to remain on alert for another day; fishermen too have been advised not to venture into the sea for one more day.

(Agencies)