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.”

Cyclone Gaja has crossed the coasts of Tamil Nadu on November 16 and left 63 dead.

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.

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