PON­GAL GIFT

81,948 res­i­dents of delta dists were moved to 471 res­cue shel­ters as pre­cau­tion­ary steps: EPS

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - D SAMPATH KU­MAR

Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K Palaniswami launches the dis­tri­bu­tion of gift ham­pers and `1,000 in cash for Pon­gal in Chen­nai on Satur­day. Deputy CM O Pan­neer­sel­vam was also present | |

THE loss of lives due to Gaja was pre­vented due to the in­ten­sive pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures, said Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K Palaniswami in the As­sem­bly on Satur­day.

DMK MLA U Mathivanan, while speak­ing in the As­sem­bly dur­ing the mo­tion of thanks to the Gov­er­nor’s ad­dress, said, “The next day af­ter Gaja struck, the peo­ple of Thiru­varur were dis­ap­pointed and an­gry over the lethar­gic at­ti­tude of au­thor­i­ties who didn’t pay a visit to the af­fected area till the next day. We were find­ing it dif­fi­cult to pacify them.

In re­sponse, OS Ma­nian, Min­is­ter for Hand­looms and Tex­tiles, said, “To pre­vent hu­man loss and re­duce the dam­ages, we had moved most of the peo­ple of the area to res­cue camps. On the next day, no one could travel on the roads as roads were cov­ered with fallen trees. Sub­se­quently, we had sent 300 JCBs to cut and re­move them.”

The Chief Min­is­ter added, “Fol­low­ing the IMD warn­ing, we had stopped trans­port since 6 pm on the day of Gaja land­fall and elec­tric­ity con­nec­tions were also snapped as pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures. A to­tal of 81,948 res­i­dents of the delta dis­tricts were moved to 471 res­cue shel­ters as pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures.”

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