Cyclone Gaja: Death toll mounts to 45; Palaniswami urges Opposition leaders to join relief workhttps://indianexpress.com/article/india/cyclone-gaja-tamil-nadu-death-toll-palaniswami-5452394/

Cyclone Gaja: Death toll mounts to 45; Palaniswami urges Opposition leaders to join relief work

Edappadi K Palaniswami said the state ministers have been deployed in Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, and Pudukottai to monitor the relief activities being carried out there.

cyclone gaja, cyclone gaja today, cyclone gaja photos, cyclone gaja latest news, cyclone gaja chennai,cyclone, cyclone gaja death toll, gaja bangalore, cyclone gaja kerala cyclone gaja today news gaja cyclone gaja cyclone in chennai gaja cyclone chennai gaja cyclone live status gaja cyclone current status gaja cyclone today news gaja cyclone news gaja, gaja news, cyclone gaja, cyclone gaja tamil nadu, tamil nadu cyclone, gaja makes landfall, tamil nadu rain ,chennai rain, chennai weather,cyclone gaja landfall, cyclone gaja tamil nadu, tamil nadu weather, puducherry cyclone, tamil nadu news, cyclone gaja updates
The rescue operations across Tamil Nadu were going on a war footing, said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami (PTI Photo)

The death toll in Cyclone Gaja has mounted to 45, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said on Sunday, while appealing to all the political parties to take part in the rescue operations. The CM’s appeal came even as Opposition leaders criticised the government’s apathy in delivering relief materials like food, drinking water and other material to the cyclone-affected areas.

“In villages, lots of trees and standing crops have been damaged, affecting the livelihood of farmers. The extent of damage is being evaluated. Till now, 45 people have lost their lives due to the cyclone,” Palaniswami said.

He said the relief activities across Tamil Nadu were going on a war footing and the officials are surveying the areas badly affected by the cyclone to assess the quantum of losses incurred there. He added that state ministers have been deployed in Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, and Pudukottai to monitor the relief activities being carried out there.

Cyclone Gaja: Storm leaves several dead, heavy rains forecast for next 24 hours.
The storm left in its wake a trail of destruction uprooting trees, electricity poles and damaging crops. (File)

Palaniswami pegged the loss of livestock at 735, adding that 88,102 hectare of crop and 39,938 electricity poles were damaged in the cyclone, besides 117,624 houses.

Advertising

Cyclone Gaja had hit Tamil Nadu Friday and ripped through Nagapattinam, uprooting trees and snapping power lines in coastal districts. Nearly 2.5 lakh people were rescued and sheltered in 483 relief centres in six districts. Also, 1,014 mobile medical vans have been set up across the state. CM Palaniswami has announced an ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund for the families of the deceased. Severely injured would be provided with Rs 1 lakh each while those with minor ones would get Rs 25,000 compensation.

Cyclone Gaja had hit Tamil Nadu Friday and ripped through Nagapattinam. (File)

Palaniswami said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already been apprised of the damage caused by the cyclone.

“Currently, we are facing challenges in removing uprooted trees and replacing the damaged electricity poles,” he said.
On being asked whether the state would seek Army’s assistance in the relief operation, he said officials and ministers have already been directed to take stock of the affected places by visiting them. “If required we will seek assistance from the Centre,” he added.

(With inputs from PTI)

Who is the election result winner in your Lok Sabha constituency? Click here to find out. Get real-time updates, news and analysis on the 2019 Lok Sabha election results only at indianexpress.com/elections | For a deep dive on the elections check out data.indianexpress.com