After Cyclone Gaja left the delta region of Tamil Nadu in a state of extreme distruption, Makkal Needhi Maiam Party President Mr Kamal Haasan has started the relief work from Thanjavur 'Gurudayal Sarma Kalyana Mandapam' after he addressed the media in Trichy on Thursday.
(Kamal Haasan during the press briefing)
In a press release, Makkal Needhi Maiam Party has mentioned that relief material worth Rs 1.2 crores has been collected and dispatched to the affected areas in 60-70 vehicles by party members.
Here's the full press information which includes recommendation to the state government in background of the proposed meeting with Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and PM Modi:
Not only this, the actor-turned-Politician meet each and every driver of the vehicles carrying the relief material in Tanjore. He explained them the dos and don’ts and also told the drivers how important it is that the relief material reaches the desired people safely.
He also visited the affected areas to extend his solidarity to the people and inspect the relief measures his party was undertaking there.
Earlier in the day, the Tamil Nadu government sought about Rs 15,000 crore as central assistance towards relief and rehabilitation activities in Cyclone Gaja affected districts in the state. Chief Minister K Palaniswami met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi with a plea for central assistance for various sectors in the affected districts, the state government said.
"I have submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister detailing the extent of the damage caused by the cyclone," Palaniswami told reporters in Delhi, adding the state has sought about Rs 15,000 crore.
Cyclone Gaja which crossed the Tamil Nadu coast early on November 16 between Nagapattinam and nearby Vedaranyam. It had claimed 46 lives and left a trail of destruction in over ten districts, including Nagapttinam, Thiruvarur, Puthukottai, and Thanjavur which suffered severe damage. The Tamil Nadu government had earlier released a sum of Rs 1000 crore for immediate relief and rehabilitation efforts in the affected areas.