Cyclone Nivar: PM Modi speaks to Tamil Nadu CM; Central teams being rushed to state to assist in relief work

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The cyclone had crossed the coast between Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Thursday morning, but spared the state of very large scale destruction.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and discussed the situation in the wake of the cyclone and heavy rainfall in parts of the state. 

In a tweet, Prime Minister's Office yesterday said, Central teams are being sent to Tamil Nadu to assist in rescue and relief work. 

PM Modi also expressed condolence on the loss of lives and prayed for a quick recovery of the injured.

The Prime Minister's Office on Friday said that an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each will be given to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to those injured in the wake of cyclone Nivar and heavy rainfall in Tamil Nadu.

The monetary assistance to the next of kin of the deceased and to the injured will be provided from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF).

At least four people were killed in Tamil Nadu, over 1,000 trees uprooted and some low-lying areas marooned due to water-logging following heavy rains as severe cyclonic storm Nivar made landfall near Puducherry.

The cyclone had crossed the coast between Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Thursday morning, but spared the state of very large scale destruction.

Earlier, Palanisamy expressed his deepest condolences to the victims' families and ordered financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh each - Rs four lakh from the State Disaster Relief Fund and Rs six lakh from the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund.

 

With inputs fro Agency

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