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Cyclone Tauktae: Death toll climbs to 45 in Gujarat, PM Modi announces ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to kin

 Officials on Wednesday said that as many as 45 people have been killed due to the cyclone across 12 districts of Gujarat.

Cyclone Tauktae: Death toll climbs to 45 in Gujarat, PM Modi announces ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to kin-dnm
Bengaluru, First Published May 19, 2021, 5:51 PM IST

The death toll due to Cyclone Tauktae climbed to 45 in Gujarat on Wednesday. Fifteen deaths were reported from Amreli district in Saurashtra region, the worst affected in the cyclone that crossed the state coast as an extremely severe cyclonic storm on Monday night and completed landfall around 1.30 am Tuesday, PTI reported.

The maximum deaths, 24, were due to wall collapses during the cyclone, PTI reported. Six died after trees fell on them, five each because of house collapse and electrocution, four due to roof collapse and one died due to a tower collapse, an official said.

Over 16,000 houses were damaged, and more than 40,000 trees and over 1,000 poles uprooted due to the cyclonic storm in Gujarat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday undertook an aerial survey of affected areas in Gujarat and adjoining Union territory of Diu to assess the devastation.

He announced financial assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for immediate relief activities in Gujarat. Union government to deploy an Inter-Ministerial Team to visit the state to assess the extent of damage in the state.

He also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the seriously injured in the cyclone in the states of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and the UTs of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Prime Minister expressed his complete solidarity with all those who suffered due to the cyclone in different parts of India and expressed deep sorrow to the families who have lost their kin during the calamity.

The Prime Minister said that the Centre is working closely with the affected state governments in the wake of the situation post the cyclone. Immediate financial assistance for these states would also be given after the respective state governments would share their assessments with the Centre.

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