In an attempt at damage control, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has announced allocation of Rs 500 crore towards relief and rehabilitation. The state is currently reeling under monsoon fury, that has lead to floods and inundation.
The Army’s help has been sought to rescue people stranded at nearby Tambaram, Jayalalitha said. She further added that, besides spending for relief and rehabilitation, the allocation would also be used for disbursement of solatium, to those affected by the devastation.
As many as 71 deaths have been reported in various rain related incidents, including electrocution and drowning. Jayalalithaa had, last week, announced enhancing compensation of Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs four lakh to families of those killed in rain related incidents, besides providing relief for those injured and along with those who have lost their cattle and poultry.
In a statement, the CM said, she had directed officials to further expedite relief and rehabilitaion measures in the wake of the government announcing the Rs 500 crore relief package.
Detailing the government’s initiatives in the affected districts, especially the worst affected Cuddalore, she said, power supply had been restored in 671 of the 683 affected rural body areas. Besides 40 medical camps are currently functioning.
As many as 121 camps had been set up to cater to cattle, while fodder for animals was being given free of cost. In 70 relief camps, 58,000 food packets have been distributed, she said. In Chennai, of the 587 affected areas, water has been removed in 207 locations, and Corporation of Chennai workers were involved in clearing water in the rest of the places.
Most subways, except for six, have been cleared of water and vehicular movement has been restored, she said, adding that, uprooted trees were being removed on a war footing. The government is also implementing relief and rehabilitation measures on a war-footing in neighbouring Tiruvallur, and Kancheepuram areas, she said.
With regard to the Kancheepuram district, also severely affected, a 160-member NDRF team, three from the State Disaster Response Force, are assisting the district administration.