Popular Tamil actors such as superstar Rajinikanth, Vijay, Suriya and Vijay Sethupathi among others have come forward to donate to the cyclone Gaja relief fund.
As cyclone Gaja has wreaked havoc in nearly a dozen districts of Tamil Nadu and rescue operations are underway, members of the Tamil film fraternity have joined hands to do their bit.
Actor Suriya was among the first Tamil stars to come forward and lend support.
Suriya, along with his father Mr Sivakumar, brother Karthi and wife Ms Jyotika have together donated a sum of Rs. 50 lakh as relief fund through various NGOs in the cyclone Gaja affected areas.
In a statement, Mr Suriya said that it was heart-wrenching to see the Delta region being affected severely and added that it’s the duty of everyone to extend support to this region.
Four days after cyclone Gaja created havoc in Tamil Nadu’s Cauvery delta districts and Karaikal in Puducherry, people remain stranded without food and water in most of the areas. Residents of several villages across Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Pudukottai districts involved in road blockades demanding supply of essentials—food and drinking water. “Our immediate need is drinking water and food. Our houses are gone and since there has been no electricity since Thursday evening, we are unable to pump water,” said M. Krishnaveni at Aladikkumulai village, in Thanjavur.
More than 2,000 people from Aladikkumulai village who were made to stay at a nearby marriage hall returned to their houses on Monday, only to see them completely razed down by the fury of cyclone.
Meanwhile a heart breaking video of Pushpavanam Kuppuswamy has been released in NewsGlitz youtube channel. He is a Tamil folk singer, lyricist, writer and music composer of Tamil folk art.He has been credited for reviving the Naatupura Paatu a Tamil folk art.
The video shows the singer crying his heart out for the people of Delta. He also written a song to create awareness among people in two days about which he says that it won’t be helpful for the people who affected because of this Cyclone. “Even the compensation money that the government going to provide will also not be helpful” says the singer.
“Every single on of them became poor because of this disaster. The Cyclone devastated the coconut trees of the one who owned 4 acres of coconut tree and the one who owned only 40 coconut trees which made every one who belong there poor. To rehabilitate from this situation it will take atleast 20 years for them” says the singer whose native is Pushpavanam, a village in Vedharanyam.
“This Cyclone would have killed the villagers instead leaving them in this situation, I could not eat and talk normal to the people because of this.” cries the singer at one point in the video which is really heartbreaking to see. He also bashes the government for being irresponsible and take precautions.
“This is a lose that could not be compensated with money” he broke down. Watch the video here :
Source : Newsglitz
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami travelled to the districts to survey the damage wreaked by the gale and downpour on Tuesday, five days after Gaja slammed across the coast. Earlier, handlooms minister OS Manian was confronted in a hostile manner by villagers at Vedaranyam in Nagapattinam district, demanding resumption of basic services such as power and water supply.
Palaniswami said the November 15 cyclone brought over one lakh electric poles and at least 40 lakh coconut trees to the ground, indicating the magnitude of impact. “It is imperative that the relief works done by the administration and local help groups and others are respected, not belittled,” he said in response to severe criticisms and sporadic protests. The DMK flagged off a relief truck from the party headquarters in Chennai bearing emergency supplies, food, clothing and medicines to be distributed to the affected families in the seven cyclone-hit districts.
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