“Yet to get report on damage to property, agriculture”

Food was provided to a large number of people residing in the town and rural areas on Monday. Food prepared at the central kitchens managed by the Education Department was taken in vehicles to residential localities and given to people at their doorstep.

Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam told The Hindu that it was decided to provide free food after the government received reports of non-availability of daily work. People living in low-level areas and coastal villages also complained of difficulties in preparing food, he said.

The government was yet to get report from the Revenue and Agriculture Departments to assess the damage to property and agriculture due to rain, Mr. Vaithilingam said.

Though the exact number of people benefitted from the government gesture was yet to be ascertained, rough estimates showed that at least 50,000 people received food, a senior official with the Revenue Department said.

Meanwhile, Public Health Minister A. Namassivayam visited rain-affected areas in Villianur and interacted with residents.

As on December 5, the region had received rainfall of 1,749 mm. Normally from January to December, the territory gets rainfall of 1,250 mm, a senior official in the Public Works Department said.

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