Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar/Chennai, Dec 5:
A day after Odisha government sent Rs five crore to Tamil Nadu government as assistance towards flood relief, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today thanked her Odisha counterpart, Naveen Patnaik, for his government’s contribution to the flood-ravaged state.
“Thank you for your letter dated December 4 and your offer of Rs five crore out of the Odisha Chief Minister’s Relief Fund,” she said in a letter to Patnaik.
The magnitude of the rain devastation was “very large” and her government was working overtime to mitigate the effects of this natural calamity, she said, adding, “I appreciate your concern and best wishes.”
She thanked him for the Rs five crore announced by him to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund, adding the unprecedented rain and related devastation “has caused us tremendous misery.”
With Chennai reeling under worst-ever flood in the last century, several people were stranded in various parts of the city.
A Kolkata-bound special train carrying pilgrims from Odisha and other passengers reached here this morning at around 10.30.
According to reports, around 250 pilgrims from Odisha reached the capital city this morning after being stuck for over two days at the Chennai railway station.
As per an estimate, over one lakh people from the state live in the southern city.