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TN-CYCLONE-DMK(MES1)


PTI chennai India
Updated: 19-11-2018 14:05 IST

Opposition DMK in Tamil Nadu

Monday announced contributing one month's salary of its MPs

and MLAs towards cyclone 'Gaja' relief activities.

Party President MK Stalin said the DMK Trust will

separately contribute a sum of Rs one crore towards the relief

activities.

"The cyclone and rain have severely affected people's

lives. To retrieve them from the unprecedented damage, a sum

of Rs one crore will be provided from the DMK Trust," he said

in a statement.

DMK MPs and MLAs will contribute their one month's

salary, Stalin, also state Leader of Opposition, said.

His party's contribution was aimed at aiding the

"relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts," Stalin

said.

While the DMK has no Lok Sabha MPs, it has four

members in the Rajya Sabha.

Its strength in the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly now

stands at 88 following the death of its then party chief M

Karunanidhi in August this year.

Cyclone 'Gaja', which had crossed Tamil Nadu coast

last Friday between Nagapattinam and nearby Vedaranyam, has so

far claimed 45 lives and left a trail of destruction,

uprooting 1.7 lakh trees and damaging 88,102 hectares of

agricultural land in the affected districts.

'Gaja' had caused severe damage in the districts of

Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur, Pudukottai

and Tiruvarur in Tamil Nadu and Karaikal in neighbouring

Puducherry.

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