The inter-ministerial central team has inspected the hamlets ravaged by Cyclone Gaja in the delta districts of Tamil Nadu. It is expected to submit its report to the Centre soon, based on which the union governnment will release its relief package to the state.
The Central team for the seond consecutive day on Sunday, visited more villages in delta regions affected by Gaja cyclone to assess the situation. They interacted with vilagers and officials in the areas.
The Central team of experts reached Chennai on Friday and met Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and key officials at the Secretariat on Saturday. The seven-member team started their assessment of the cyclone-hit areas from Pudukottai. They reached Thanjavur on Sunday morning. They visited Orathanadu, Pudur areas in the morning and enquired about the damages made to houses and farmlands by the cyclone in the area.
Daniel E Richard, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, said Hindu that it was pathetic to see the pain and suffering of the affected people. “We have met several affected farmers and got first-hand accounts of the extent of destruction. The cyclone damage is beyond our imagination,” Richard said.
Accompanied by State Ministers and senior State government officials, the seven-member team began the inspection at Kulathur in Pudukottai district. The team has been visiting different parts of Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts in Tamil Nadu and Karaikal in Puducherry to assess the damage.
Unable to control her grief, an aged woman grabbed the hand of one of the team members and prostrated at his feet. Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar and others who accompanied the team pacified her.
Tamil Nadu Ministers D Jayakumar, C Ve Shanmugam and RB Udayakumar and senior officials including Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan were present when the team held discussions with the chief minister, an official release said.
Besides Daniel, the other four members belong to ministries of Finance, Agriculture, Rural Development and Power. The two Chennai based members are from the ministries of Water Resources and Road Transport and Highways.