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Editorial:Shipping Fraternity, Extend Your Help to Cyclone Gaja Victims

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Port Wings, 12 Dec 2018:

About a dozen districts of southern Tamil Nadu were severely affected by the cyclonic storm Gaja, which created havoc in the lives of thousands of peoples on the intervening night of November 15-16. Residents of several villages in districts such as Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Pudukottai were massively affected during the cyclone. Thousands of acres of crops have been destroyed in these districts, pushing the farmers into distress.

For the initial days, no one thought the trail of destruction left by Gaja would be that severe and restoring electricity supply to affected areas may take months.

But, with the help of sacred souls across the country and the Globe, the affected areas are slowly limping back to normalcy.

Within days of devastation, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi as sought an assistance of Rs. 15,000 crore from the Centre for dealing with the destruction caused by cyclone Gaja.

As the Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami requested the Prime Minister, a team of Central government functionaries reached the affected areas to assess the damage from the cyclone.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu CM also appealed to the people of the state and country to donate generously towards TN CM Relief Fund, which would be utilized for relief activities during natural calamities.

It is said that philanthropists of the state generously donating towards the relief fund and it would cross Rs 100 crores in next few days.

Bollywood’s Megastar Amitabh Bachchan urged people to come forward and help victims of severe cyclonic storm Gaja. Superstar-politician Kamal Haasan thanked Bachchan for being the thread which stitches our country together.

Kamal Haasan, who has visited the cyclone-ravaged areas of the state, shared the video of Big B pitching in for the cyclone Gaja survivors, and thanked him for the gesture.

According to the people on the field involved in relief and rehabilitation activities, many of us are unaware of the extent of damage caused by cyclone and suffering of the people.

Just like how the shipping fraternity responded to the Kerala Floods few weeks ago, it is time to demonstrate the unity of the EXIM fraternity once again in extending helping hand to affected and needy people of the Delta region, popularly known as rice bowl of the state.

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