CHENNAI: The Centre has released an interim relief of Rs 353.70 crore to Tamil Nadu to take up the relief works in the Cyclone Gaja ravaged districts in the state.
“At a high-level meeting held on Friday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh approved the release of the second instalment of the central share of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) amounting to Rs 353.70 crore for the year 2018-19”, a press release from the Home Ministry said.
"Further assistance will be provided from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), based on the final report of the Inter-Ministerial Central team (IMCT)," the statement added.
Earlier, the Chief Minister K Palaniswami had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and submitted a memorandum seeking a central assistance of around Rs 15,000 crore with an immediate relief of Rs 1,500 crore toward the relief and rehabilitation works.
Following this, the Centre had constituted a six-member Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) and they had visited the cyclonic affected areas to assess the damage that had been caused to life and property following the cyclone.
On November 19, the Tamil Nadu CM Edapally K Palaniswami had released Rs 1,000 crore towards undertaking relief and restoration works in the cyclone Gaja affected districts.
Before that, the state government had announced a relief fund of Rs. 10 lakh to the kin of the people who lost their lives in the disaster, Rs 1 lakh to those who suffered serious injuries and 25,000 to the people who suffered minor injuries.
Cyclone Gaja had crossed Tamil Nadu coast on November 16 between Nagapattinam and nearby Vedaranyam, causing extensive damages to 12 districts. It’s including Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Dindigul and Trichy, Ramanathapuram.