Central team meets CM discusses Gaja cyclone damage assessment

Chennai, Nov 24:
A Seven-member central team met Cheif Minister K. Palaniswami today and consulted about the assessment of the damage caused by cyclone Gaja that lashed the Tamil Nadu coast.
The team is led by a senior official in the Union Home Ministry Daniel E Richard.
Revenue Minister R.B. Udaykumar, Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan were also present during the meeting.
Besides Home Ministry official Daniel E. Richard, who leads the team, it comprises R.B. Kaul (Union Finance Ministry), B.K. Srivastava (Department of Agriculture), Manik Chandra Pandit (Ministry of Rural Development), Vandana Singhal (Ministry of Power), J. Harsha (Ministry of Water Resources) and R. Elavarason (Ministry of Road Transport).
They discussed about arranagements for the assessment of damage caused by cyclone Gaja.
After the meeting with Chief Minister, the central team discussed with the senior officials of the government.After meeting the Chief Minister for a briefing, the team left for the affected districts and reach Tiruchi by air by afternoon.
In order to cover as many places as possible, the seven-member team is likely to split into two groups.
Following a request from the Puducherry government, one of the teams is expected to visit Karaikal (which is part of the Union Territory) before returning to Chennai.
The itinerary of the Central team is being planned, and their visits would continue till Monday evening. Once they are back from the assessment, a de-briefing with the Chief Minister is likely next Tuesday.
The Revenue Department would be making a presentation to the visiting team at the Secretariat on Saturday with regard to the damage incurred by the cyclone-affected districts.The Central team will visit Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam districts on November 25 and 26 to the assess the damages.
After assessing the damages caused by cyclone Gaja that lashed the Tamil Nadu coast, the central team will submit detailed report. On the basis of the report the Central Government will provide financial assistance to Tamil Nadu.
A five-member central team arrived here Friday for an on-the-spot assessment of the damage caused by cyclone Gaja that lashed the Tamil Nadu coast on November 16.It is expected to complete its assessment in three days starting with a visit to Tiruchirapalli tomorrow, the official added.
During his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi Thursday, Palaniswami sought about Rs 15,000 crore as central assistance towards relief and rehabilitation activities in cyclone-hit districts of the state.
He also asked Modi to depute a central team to assess the damage.
The Tamil Nadu government has put the toll due to the cyclone at 63.
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