‘TN must declare Gaja as severe magnitude disaster’

  • | Wednesday | 5th December, 2018

But the state government can first declare cyclone Gaja as severe magnitude disaster and subsequently persuade the NDMA to consider releasing more funds,” said Jesu Rethinam, CAN convenor.“In the recent Kerala floods, the Kerala state government pursued a similar strategy before asking the Central government to declare the floods as national disaster,” Jesu Rethinam added.CAN has planned to approach the state government representatives and MPs representing the state to declare the disaster as severe magnitude disaster to avail support from the Central government. Trichy: Claiming that damage caused by cyclonic storm Gaja in the delta districts is worse than the 2004 tsunami, Coastal Action Network (CAN), a coalition of environmental and social groups, has urged the state government to declare Gaja as a “severe magnitude” disaster.Citing provisions in the Disaster Management Act, 2005, they said that only after the state government declares it as a disaster of severe magnitude can a similar announcement be made by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to release more funds.Stating that disasters are state government subjects, CAN members said that Tamil Nadu has the right to claim more funds to attain normalcy by pointing out cyclone damages have exceeded the capacity of state government to restore normalcy.“The Central government, citing there is no clause in the Disaster Management Act 2005, would usually refuse to declare a disaster as a national disaster.

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