On Thursday, the European Union has announced for emergency assistance of Rs. 84 lakhs to the communities, which are affected by Cyclone Gaja in November.
In a statement, the EU said that “In response to cyclone Gaja, which wreaked havoc across large parts of Tamil Nadu in mid-November, the European Commission is allocating 105,000 euros to provide emergency assistance to the most affected communities.”
It continued, “The aid will directly benefit 17,500 people in the worst-hit districts of Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur, and Thanjavur.”
As per the government data, over 117000 houses were damaged, around 50 percent of which were totally destroyed. Cyclone Gaja-affected families are currently living in 490 temporary shelters across the state.
According to the statement of EU, 105000-euro funding supports that the IRCS (Indian Red Cross Society) in delivering life-saving supports to the most impotent families through the distribution of emergency relief items and shelter material such as kitchen sets, tarpaulins and household kits.
It further stated that “Long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets are also being provided to mitigate the risk of vector-borne diseases among the impacted communities.”
“The action will specifically target individuals whose houses were destroyed and livelihood lost in wake of the cyclone, as well as female-headed households and people with disabilities who are currently living in temporary shelters and relief camps,” it added.