Cyclone Gaja: Chennai Schools and Colleges to Be Shut Today
Schools and colleges were shut in Tamil Nadu after the state has been brought to a halt due to heavy rainfall. In a bid to recover, the Tamil Nadu government has turned to Centre for financial aid of Rs 15,000 crore.
A severe cyclonic storm Gaja battered the Tamil Nadu coast on Friday, 16 November, leaving at least 45 people and several livestock dead, and left a trail of destruction in several districts.
With the predicted formation of a depression over Bay of Bengal, the state of Tamil Nadu witnessed heavier rainfall till Wednesday, 20 November, The News Minute reported.
According to the state power utility, about 500 km of power supply lines were affected by Gaja.
- The state government said a total of 2.50 lakh people have been housed in over 483 camps
- 1,014 mobile medical vans have been set up and so far 1 lakh people in affected areas have benefited from it
- A holiday has been declared for educational institutions in seven districts
- Death toll due to Cyclone Gaja stood at 46
Tamil Nadu Turns to PM Modi for Aid
The Tamil Nadu government sought about Rs 15,000 crore on Thursday as central assistance towards relief and rehabilitation activities in Cyclone Gaja affected districts in the state.
Chief Minister K Palaniswami met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi with a plea for central assistance for various sectors in the affected districts, the state government said here.
Collector Declares Holiday For Chennai Schools and Colleges
The Tamil Nadu government has declared a holiday for all schools and colleges in the district on 22 November in view of incessant rain and rainfall warning.
Karunanidhi's Ancestral House Damaged In Cyclone Gaja
The ancestral house of late DMK chief M Karunanidhi's family at Thirukuvalai village near here has suffered damage in the 'Gaja' cyclone, officials said Tuesday.
A tree in front of the house got uprooted and fell on the house damaging the tiled roof and a name board, they said.
The house is being maintained as a memorial and a library.
TN CM Visits Cyclone-hit Areas, Likely To Meet PM On Thursday
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Tuesday visited the districts hit by Cyclone Gaja, distributed relief materials among the affected people and said he would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this week to seek central assistance.
Even as life was limping back to normal five days after the cyclone that left 46 people dead, a fresh spell of rain hit parts of the Cauvery delta region, hampering relief work since this morning.
Palaniswami, accompanied by ministers, including deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam, visited Pudukottai and Thanjavur districts in the morning and asserted that the relief work were being taken on a war-footing.
Tamil Actors Rajinikanth, Vijay, Suriya Donate To Relief Fund
Popular Tamil actors such as superstar Rajinikanth, Vijay, Suriya and Vijay Sethupathi among others have come forward to donate to the cyclone Gaja relief fund.
As cyclone Gaja has wreaked havoc in nearly a dozen districts of Tamil Nadu and rescue operations are underway, members of the Tamil film fraternity have joined hands to do their bit.
Actor Suriya was among the first Tamil stars to come forward and lend support.
Suriya along with his father Sivakumar, brother Karthi and wife Jyotika have together donated a sum of Rs. 50 lakh as relief fund through various NGOs in the cyclone Gaja affected areas.