Gaja cyclone toll nears 50, power cut in many areas, people protest, relief works going on
The severe cyclonic storm Gaja has left behind a trial of havoc and destruction with the death toll touching 49 today. While the government said that 36 persons had lost their lives, reports say the the actual figure is 49 so far.
Officials in the State Disaster Management Authority, which has taken adequate precatuionary measures that minimised the damage and was also coordinating in relief works with various agencies, said so far 36 people were killed in rain-related incidents, mostly due to wall collapse, electroctuion and felling of trees.
While a maximum of 12 deaths–five men, five women and two
children–were reported from Tiruvarur district, seven deaths were reported from Pudukkottai, followed by four each in Thanjavur and Nagapattinam, three in Cuddalore and two each in Trichy, Dindigul and Sivaganga districts.
Even as reports claimed that the affected people staged protests at some places demanding relief, Ministers have been personally supervising restoration works by staying in the affected areas, even as the Central government has assured all help.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said all assistance would be provided to the people of Tamil Nadu affected by cyclone Gaja.
Modi spoke to Chief Minister K Palaniswami and learnt
about various matters relating to the cyclone, including the damage caused by it and the post cyclone measures that are to be taken, an official release said.
Meanwhile, superstar Rajinikanth has appreciated members of Rajini Makkal Mandram for carrying forward relief work in cyclone affected areas.
Nearly 80,000 residents in coastal districts were evacuated and sent to relief camps, as the the storm made landfall in the wee hours of Friday. Massive damage to public and private property was reported.