Leading actors in Tamil industry have come forward to contribute to cyclone Gaja’s relief fund, as rescue operations are underway in the affected areas of Tamil Nadu’s coastal and delta districts.
Actor Suriya was among the first Tamil stars to come forward and lend support. He, along with his father Sivakumar, brother Karthi, and wife Jyotika, have donated a sum of Rs 50 lakh as relief fund through various NGOs in the cyclone affected areas.
On behalf of #ActorSivakumar family #SriSivakumar @Suriya_offl @Karthi_Offl #Jyotika & @2D_ENTPVTLTD donating a sum of Rs. 50 Lakhs through NGOs towards #GajaCycloneRelief #GajaCyclone #LetsAllJoinHands #prayfordelta
— rajsekarpandian (@rajsekarpandian) November 19, 2018
Rajinikanth has issued a statement announcing relief materials worth Rs 50 lakh. Actor Vijay has donated around Rs 40 lakh to 9 bank accounts of his fan clubs, with instructions to help those in affected areas.
Supported by Suryan FM, actor and music director GV Prakash Kumar has directed his team to distribute relief materials such as water bottles, milk powder, sanitary napkins, mosquito coils, biscuits, etc. He also tweeted that his team has been visiting cyclone affected areas with relief materials in two tempo vans from their collection point in Trichy National College.
#Bouncebackdelta sending our team and all of u join and support ….Our team member Guna : 8800391662 will be there in Ground to Assist#BounceBackDelta#GajaRelief#nationalcollege @SuryanFM share and support all of u extend ur support pic.twitter.com/gUqETtnf2a
— G.V.Prakash Kumar (@gvprakash) November 17, 2018
Relief Materials wat we collected in Trichy with help of @gvprakash and @SuryanFM .. Dropped off in Lenavilaku Camp in Puthukottai. Now heading to Nadiyam and Nearby Villages #NationalCollege #Students #TrichyVolunteers pic.twitter.com/btwkhd9KOQ
— GunaSekaran (@gunasekan88) November 18, 2018
Actor Vijay Sethupathi, has announced a relief fund of Rs 25 lakh to be spent towards buying rechargeable torch lights and saplings for those whose farms have been destroyed by cyclone Gaja. He also said his volunteers would support people to help salvage their plantation farms and lands. Actor-producer Sivakarthikeyan has donated Rs 10 lakh to the Tamil Nadu CM relief fund in addition to Rs 10 lakh worth relief materials. And actor-director Raghava Lawrence has announced he’ll build 50 houses for those affected by the cyclone.
Not just these actors, but their fans too have helped and donated funds. Rajinikanth’s fan page called ‘RBSI Rajini Fan Page’ on Twitter, announced that its members will contribute for Gaja relief from the money they had saved for 2.0 release celebrations.
We have decided to send our savings had for #2Point0 celebrations (banners, posters, fireworks, welfare activities) as relief materials to the victims affected by #GajaCyclone#RBSI #begooddogood @rajinikanth @latharajnikanth @shankarshanmugh @aditi1231 @RIAZtheboss
— RBSI RAJINI FAN PAGE (@RBSIRAJINI) November 19, 2018
Actors Varalakshmi Sarathkumar and Jayam Ravi have tweeted about their worries for affected people in the delta, and called out for support.
We all came together so beautifully for our #ChennaiFloods but the time has come again..the farmers who give us our food have no food, water or electricity.. it’s our duty..please help as much as u can.. and pass the word around #SaveDeltaPeoples they need our help.. #behuman pic.twitter.com/Gx78lnorZp
— varu sarathkumar (@varusarath) November 19, 2018
Actor turned politician Kamal Haasan met all drivers of the vehicles carrying relief material in Tanjore. He explained the do’s and don’ts to them, and said it was important that relief materials reached people safely. He also instructed them to stay careful, wear seat belts, and not drive fast.
According to a Times Now report, the cyclone has killed over 46 people as of Tuesday. An estimated 251,600 people have been evacuated to over 500 relief camps. Gaja has left many areas destroyed in Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Cuddalore, Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram districts, damaging houses, huts and crops.