The Tamil Nadu government has announced a solatium of ₹10 lakh to family of each of the deceased from the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund (CMPRF).
RRB Group D exams 2018: The Railway Recruitment Board will announce new dates for the candidates of Tamil Nadu who can not appear for the RRB Group D examinations due to severe cyclonic storm Gaja that battered Tamil Nadu coast Friday.
About 177,500 people are staying in 351 relief camps in the cyclone-affected areas.
According to the official records on the assessment so far, 1.7 lakh trees have been uprooted, 735 cattle have died, 1.17 lakh houses have been damaged and 88,102-hectare agricultural land has been affected in coastal districts. 3,559km of transmission lines and 347 electric transformers have been damaged in the cyclone. Speaking to indianexpress.com, RRB official Anagaraj Mohan said, "As various examination centres have been affected due to cyclone Gaja, the board could not conduct examinations in the state". Hundreds of carcasses of various animals and birds from Kodiyakarai wildlife sanctuary were washed onto the Karaikal beach.
"I had praised the government for its preparedness to face the cyclone, but the relief work looks very pathetic. Moreover, many crops have been damaged seriously affecting the farmers", said the chief minister. There should not be any differences between parties in taking up relief operations.
He said supplies of water, milk and food were being distributed to the people affected by the calamity. On whether the government would seek the Army's assistance, Mr. Palaniswami said, "As of now officials and Ministers have been directed to visit the affected places". "Currently, were are facing challenges in removing uprooted trees and replacing the damaged electricity poles".