Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today visited Cyclone ‘Gaja’ affected districts of the State, a day after he announced immediate release of Rs 1,000 crore towards undertaking relief works.
In a statement, estimating the loss suffered by the calamity, he said so far 46 people were killed in Cyclone and rain-related incidents and announced an assistance of Rs ten lakh each to their families.
He said that the relief and restoration works were on a war footing and added that considering that financial assistance is important to take up relief works, an immediate fund of Rs 1,000 crore has been released for this purpose.
President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday spoke to Palaniswami and inquired about the situation in the state in the aftermath of cyclone ‘Gaja’, which has so far claimed 45 lives.
Opposition DMK in Tamil Nadu Monday announced contributing one month’s salary of its MPs and MLAs towards cyclone ‘Gaja’ relief activities. DMK chief M K Stalin appealed party cadres and legislators on Sunday to provide aid on a war-footing in districts affected with cyclone ‘Gaja’.
Palaniswami said a total of 2,51,674 people were housed in 514 relief camps in the districts of Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai and Dindigul districts and announced provision of additional one dhoti, saree and four litres of Kerosene to the people in the affected districts, besides Rs 3,800 cash for each family for purchase of clothes and utensils and milk for senior citizens and women through the State-owned Aavin.
The after effect of cyclone Gaja has unsettled the daily lives of large number of residents of Tamil Nadu’s Nagapattinam and other districts.