Kerala sanctions Rs 10 crore to TN for cyclone relief

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government Wednesday sanctioned Rs 10 crore as emergency aid to cyclone Gaja-hit Tamilnadu.

The cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, took the decision in this regard. “Kerala stands With Tamilnadu. The cabinet sanctioned 10 Crore as emergency aid to Tamilnadu. 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 Tamilnadu coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam on 16 November, leaving more than 60 people dead and causing widespread damage. The Tamilnadu 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 alloted from Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund.