Chief Minister Eadapadi K. Palaniswami said today that the Gaja storm toll has risen to 45 and assured that the Rs.10 lakh compensation and relief to the injured earlier announced by him will be given to all the dead and injured.
In a statement he also announced that compensation for loss of cattle will be also be given. He said 102 cows and buffaloes and 633 sheep were killed and Rs.30,000 each for cattle and Rs.3000 each for sheep lost will be given.
An assessment of damages to crops of farmers and loss of houses has been swiftly undertaken in the affected districts and after enumeration compensation will be announced, the Chief Minister said.Palaniswami also said he had advised the fisheries department to send a report on the boats damaged.
To speed up relief work along with ministers and police officials , he said ,additionally IAS officers have been appointed namely Sunil Paliwal for Pudukottai, Amutha for Turuvarur and Radhakrishnan for Nagapattinam.
Due to the Gaja storm 170455 trees have been uprooted in Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Dindigul and Karur. Tree that fallen on the roads were being removed swiftly with the use of powered hand saws.
Listing the relief work being done he said347 transformers were to be replacedsand work on replacing 39993 lamp posts was on and 12532 TANGEDCO staff were working round the clock to restore the power lines on priority. The 372 medical camps and 1014 ambulances with staff and medicines have benefited 83436 persons. The health department is working in close co-ordination with the local panchayat officials so that all the sick and ailing will be benefited and epidemics outbreak as an aftermath of the storm would be prevented , he added.
The Chief Minister said though government is taking all efforts to render relief and rehabilitation people’s co-operation was essential for success of any pubic work undertaken.