Chennai, Nov 22 (PTI) The Madras High Court Thursday directed the state government to file a status report on the relief and rehabilitation activities being undertaken in the cyclone Gaja-hit districts of the state.Also Read - Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Cuddalore, Chidambaram, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur Seats in Tamil Nadu

A PIL filed by advocate Rajinikanth has sought a direction by the court to declare the cyclonic storm a National Disaster under the Disaster Management Act, 2005. Also Read - Nagore Kandoori festival begins

The petitioner alleged that relief measures have not reached the needy. Also Read - Iran keen to participate in CPCL expansion: IOC Chairman

When the plea came up before the court, Jayaprakash Narayan, government pleader in-charge, submitted that the government was taking relief measures on a war-footing.

A division bench of Justice M Sathyanarayanan and Justice P Rajamanickam posted the matter for further hearing on November 29.

Cyclone Gaja crossed the coast near Vedaranyam in Nagapattinam district, about 300 km from Chennai, last Friday, leaving a trail of destruction in over 10 districts in the southern parts of the state, claiming 46 lives.

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