Nine policemen sustained injuries on Friday when the van in which they were travelling to join the convoy of Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam overturned near Orathanadu in Thanjavur district.
The armed reserve police personnel were proceeding in a van from Thanjavur to Aladikkimolai to join the deputy chief minister’s convoy when it overturned at Ammamuthukula near Orathanadu.
Meanwhile, four women died and a boy sustained serious injuries when a speeding car hit them as they were standing outside a cyclone Gaja relief camp.
The women along with a man were trying to cross the road when the incident took place. The man was injured and has been admitted to a hospital. The victims were from Thalainayar.
Police identified the deceased as N Amutha, S Sumathi, S Rajakumari, and R Saroja, all from Agaraneermulai village in Nagapattinam district that was badly hit by the cyclone. The injured is S Manikandan, 15, son of Saroja.
In the meantime, an inter-Ministerial team consisting of seven top officials appointed by the Centre has reached Chennai.
They will assess the damages to cyclone-hit areas for sanctioning of appropriate relief funds.
The seven officials include Union Home Affairs Ministry Joint Secretary Daniel Richard, Finance Ministry Department of Expenditure Consultant R B Kaul, Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare Director In-charge B K Srivastava, Ministry of Rural Development D S Manik Chandra Pandit, Minstry of Power R K Puram Chief Engineer Vandana Singhal, Ministry of Water Resources Chennai Director J Harsha and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Superintending Engineer R Ellavarason.
On the other hand, heavy rains lashed north central and delta regions of Tamil Nadu adding to the woes of the Gaja-affected people.