Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalitha, on Monday, urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to immediately release Rs 2,000 crore to sustain relief work after the government pegged the damage caused by the incessant rain in the state at Rs 8, 481 crore.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, responding swiftly to the appeal, reportedly ordered immediate release of Rs. 940 Crore as relief.
CM Jayalalitha, in a letter to PM Modi, detailed the extent of the damage, saying that, despite her government’s preventive efforts, the state had suffered severe damage on account of the “extremely heavy and sustained” rainfall, which had left a trail of destruction, and that her government had allocated Rs 500 crore for relief work.
The Tamil Nadu CM said, 169 lives have been lost in various rain-related incidents since October 1, 2015. Indicating a much higher financial need, she said, the assessment of damages and requirement of funds for immediate relief and restoration of infrastructure had been speedily carried out.
“The requirement of funds for immediate rescue and relief and the temporary and permanent restoration of infrastructure has been worked out at Rs.8,481 crore in all….” “This assessment has been made as an immediate measure since the Government of Tamil Nadu requires assistance from Government of India to meet the very high expenditure requirements that such a severe calamity has caused. The funds required are well beyond the resources available with the state, including the State Disaster Response Fund,” she said.
Requesting to depute a central team immediately to make its on-the-spot assessment of damage, Jayalalithaa urged PM Modi to release central financial aid without any delay. keeping in view the urgency of restoring many of the infrastructure facilities and services to the flood affected people.
Jayalalithaa said, “In the meanwhile, I request that an on account release of Rs 2,000 crore may be sanctioned immediately to enable the state government to sustain the relief and restoration operations with the same vigour.”
The AIADMK leader said. state-level agencies. and the local administration in the affected districts. were put on high alert, based on the forecast received from the Indian Meteorological Department, and the alerts received from the National Disaster Management Agency. Adequate precautionary measures were taken, which minimised loss to life and property, she added.