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Provide adequate amenities to the cyclone-affected: HC

Press Trust of India  |  Madurai 

The Madras High today directed the to provide adequate basic amenities to those affected by cyclone Ockhi in Kanyakumari district.

Justices M Venugopal and Dharani of the Madurai bench gave the direction on a (PIL) by Wilso Tasbin, who alleged that relief and rehabilitation work by the in the district was inadequate.


The bench directed the officials to provide adequate medicines, electricity and water for the people and also all basic amenities in camps.

The judges posted the case for December 8 and asked the to file a report on relief provided for cyclone victims and efforts to rescue fishermen.

They directed the Indian Navy and Coast Guard to expedite action to trace and rescue the fishermen who are reported to be missing since the cyclone struck the coast.

The judges, however, said that the was not responsible for nature's fury and could not be blamed for any lapse in precautionary measures.

The petitioner submitted that the cyclone had uprooted 50,000 trees and 6,000 lamp posts and had cut off roads at different places.

Besides food shortage, there was no water or power in several areas and traffic had been affected since November 30 when the cyclone hit the coast.

He alleged that the police were not doing their duty and there were thefts in several areas.

The district medical college did not have enough infrastructure and amenities to treat the affected, the petitioner alleged and sought a direction to the to restore water and power supply, ensure proper facilities at medical colleges and also provide food to those affected.

Police should be directed to provide adequate security to the people, the petitioner said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, December 05 2017. 18:45 IST
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