Tamil Nadu Cyclone: 35 dead, 82,00 affected in costal areas

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Velankanni: A view of the damage caused by cyclone 'Gaja', after it hit Velankanni, in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. The Centre Friday assured the Tamil Nadu government of all assistance to deal with the situation arising out of this storm, which has so far claimed 11 lives. (PTI Photo) (PTI11_16_2018_000067A)

At least 35 people were killed and over 82,000 others were affected after Cyclone ‘Gaja’ hit the Tamil Nadu coast early Friday. The rescued people have been sheltered in 471 relief centres in six districts including Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram and Tiruvarur, PTI reported.
The cyclonic storm ripped through Nagapattinam, uprooting trees and snapping power lines in coastal districts. Expressing condolences to the bereaved families of the victims, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured all possible assistance.
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. He also said that relief work will be taken up on a war-footing and that the work was already underway, PTI reported. He alleged that the Centre did not sanction funds which the state had sought for management of natural disasters.

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