Chennai: While expressing Tamil Nadu’s willingness to extend all possible assistance to cyclone Fani-ravaged Odisha, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Sunday announced Rs 10 crore relief to the government of Odisha.
“As a token of support and solidarity of the Government and people of Tamil Nadu with the Government and people of Odisha in their hour of need, I have ordered immediate contribution of a sum of Rs 10 crore from the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund to the Government of Odisha. The Government of Tamil Nadu stands ready to render any other assistance as may be required by the Government of Odisha,” Mr Palaniswami said.
The severe cyclonic storm Fani has caused unprecedented and extensive damage in certain districts of Odisha, especially in the holy town of Puri. This cyclone and heavy rains has also caused untold suffering to the people of Odisha, the CM said. “On behalf of the State Government and the people of Tamil Nadu, I convey my heartfelt condolences to the family members of all those who have lost their lives in the cyclone and rains,” Mr Palaniswami said in a statement here.
Odisha, he said, is faced with the arduous task of ensuring immediate rescue, relief and rehabilitation measures of the cyclone ravaged areas and reconstruction of the devastated areas in the coming days.
The worst storm to hit the Indian subcontinent in 20 years, Cyclone Fani left at least 16 people dead, and weakened into a ‘deep depression’ and lay centred over Bangladesh on Saturday morning, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said....