New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Sunday ordered an immediate contribution of Rs 10 crore for relief and rehabilitation work in the ‘Fani’-ravaged Odisha.
“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,” Palaniswami said in an official release. “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,” he said.
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath also announced Rs 10 crore from CM Relief Fund for emergency relief for the Odisha cyclone victims, and affected persons.
Chhattisgarh also announced Rs 11 crore from the CM Relief Fund for emergency relief for Odisha.
Notably, the death toll in Cyclone Fani rose to 29 on Sunday, two days after the “extremely severe” storm barrelled through coastal Odisha, causing widespread destruction and leaving hundreds grappling with water shortage and power cuts, an official said.
Announcing a relief package for those affected by the calamity, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said all families in Puri and in those parts of Khurda, which had been “extremely severely affected” in the storm, will get 50 kg of rice, Rs 2,000 in cash and polythene sheets, if covered under the Food Security Act (FSA). For the rest of Khurda district — categorised as “severely” affected — the FSA families will get a month’s quota of rice, Rs 1,000 in cash and polythene sheets, he added. Those living in the “moderately-affected” districts of Cuttack, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur will be eligible for a month’s quota of rice and Rs 500 in cash, Patnaik said.