On Friday, the Centre has assured the government of Tamil Nadu with all necessary assistance to deal with the situation arouse of the cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’, which has already taken away 11 lives.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has also asked the Home Secretary Rajiv Gandhi to monitor the situation there and offer all sorts of help to the state administration.

Mr. Singh tweeted saying, “Spoke to CM Shri K Palaniswami regarding the situation in the cyclone-affected areas of Tamil Nadu. Assured all possible assistance from the Centre in mitigating the situation arising due to the cyclone. Asked the HS to monitor the situation & provide all help to the state admin (sic).”

An official release in Chennai said that a “detailed report” will be sent to the Centre on the damages, which has caused by the severe cyclonic storm, ‘Gaja’.

It continued that “Chief Minister Palaniswami explained in detail the measures taken by the state government, the damage caused by ‘Gaja’, and the relief measures being taken up on a war-footing.”

More than 80,000 people were shifted from low-lying areas as ‘Gaja’ crossed Tamil Nadu costs between Vedaranyam and Nagapattinam, brought heavy rainfalls with it in the coastal areas.

Gusty winds due to severe cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ has resulted in the uprooting of hundreds of trees and electricity poles in Karaikal and Nagapattinam districts. The heavy storm ‘Gaja’ has so far claimed over 11 lives.

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