According to sources toll in cyclone Gaja has touched 45, Tamilnadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami said on Sunday and appealed to leaders of all political parties to take part in the relief activities. As per report he said the relief operations were going on a war footing in the districts affected by the cyclonic storm and state ministers have been deployed in Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, and Pudukottai to monitor it.
Palaniswami told “The state government is collecting details about areas which have been badly affected by the cyclone”. He said "In villages, lots of trees and standing crops have been damaged, affecting the livelihood of farmers and the extent of damage is being evaluated. Reports added till now, 45 people have lost their lives due to cyclone”. Furthermore the Tamilnadu government has announced a solatium of Rs 10 lakh to family of each of the deceased from the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund (CMPRF).
Moreover those with severe injuries would be provided with Rs 1 lakh each while those whose injuries are not grievous in nature would get Rs 25,000 compensation. Reportedly Palaniswami said 1.7 lakh trees have been uprooted, 735 cattle died, 1.17 lakh houses damaged and 88,102 hectare agricultural land has been affected in coastal districts. Nearly 2.50 lakh people were provided accommodation in 483 relief camps. The Chief Minister added "Currently, we are facing challenges in removing uprooted trees and replacing the damaged electricity poles”.
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