Cyclone Gaja: Kerala govt sanctions Rs 10 crore to Tamil Nadu as emergency aid for post-disaster relief

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government on Wednesday sanctioned Rs 10 crore as emergency aid to cyclone Gaja-hit Tamil Nadu. The cabinet meeting, chaired by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan took the decision in this regard.

File image of Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. News18

File image of Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. News18

"Kerala stands With Tamil Nadu. The cabinet sanctioned 10 crore as emergency aid to Tamil Nadu. Fourteen trucks with essential supplies like food and clothes were sent earlier. Six medical teams, 72 officials of the State electricity board and volunteers with rescue experience were sent for relief activities, Vijayan said in a tweet.

Cyclone Gaja crossed the Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam on 16 November, leaving more than 60 people dead and causing widespread damage. The Tamil Nadu government, in its report to the centre, has estimated the number of people rendered homeless at 3.7 lakh, and houses destroyed at 3.4 lakh.

The cabinet meeting also decided to give a compensation of Rs 3.25 crore to the fishermen whose boats were damaged in the rescue works during the August deluge. The funds for fishermen will be allocated from the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund.

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Updated Date: Nov 29, 2018 10:28:55 IST

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