Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has sought monetary assistance of Rs 14,910 crore from Narendra Modi-led Centre for the relief and rehabilitation activities in Cyclone Gaja-hit districts of the state. CM Palanisawami met PM Modi in national capital on Thursday and said the death toll from Cyclone Gaja stood at 63.

While handing over the memorandum, the State government urged the Prime Minister to send a central team to assess the situation and execute their plan to renovate the areas affected by the cyclone. “Cyclone Gaja caused huge destructions in Tamil Nadu. Today, I met the Prime Minister and explained the destruction caused by cyclone Gaja. I submitted a memorandum to him. The Prime Minister assured us that a Central team will visit the affected areas for a ground report,” Palaniswami said, after meeting PM Modi.

According to a report by The Hindu, the Central team led by Home ministry official Daniel E Richard is likely to arrive in Chennai today (November 23). After visiting the affected areas, the team will meet the state Chief Minister once again on Tuesday.

The cyclone that crossed Tamil Nadu coast near Vedaranyam on November 16 devastated at least six coastal districts Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur, Pudukottai, and Tiruvarur. In the aftermath of the cyclone, people affected by the disaster protested for a quick assistance to the Gaja-hit districts.

The farm sector was severely hit as large swathes of croplands were damaged and nearly two lakh trees, including coconut and plantain, were uprooted by the winds, leaving farmers in acute distress. The effect was felt in the urban areas with a disruption in the electricity supply.

(With Agency inputs)