Rs. 100 crore allocated for flood relief works in 13 districts

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EMERGENCY MEETING: Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi reviewing the flood situation at a meeting in Chennai on Saturday.
EMERGENCY MEETING: Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi reviewing the flood situation at a meeting in Chennai on Saturday.

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The extent of damage is being assessed by District Collectors

Families of deceased to get Rs. 1 lakh each

Farmers to get Rs. 4,000 per hectare for crop loss

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Government has allocated Rs. 100 crore for taking up immediate flood relief works in 13 districts that were battered by heavy rains.

Talking to newsmen here on Saturday after reviewing the flood situation with his Cabinet colleagues and top officials at an emergency meeting at the Secretariat, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said Tuticorin, Tirunelveli, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga, Theni, Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Tiruvallur, and Kancheepuram districts were the worst hit by the recent rains and floods. The exact extent of damage was being assessed by District Collectors, who had been directed to give detailed reports.

The recent rains in the State had claimed nine lives and the families of the deceased would be given Rs. 1 lakh each. According to preliminary reports, 270 revenue villages were affected. Of them 10 were badly hit and 768 huts were damaged. Crops in about 40,233 hectares, roads to a length of 2,022 km, and 202 bridges were damaged. About 2,000 people, living in low-lying areas, were shifted to safer places. Breaches were reported in 204 rivers and tanks.

As a relief measure, the Chief Minister said farmers who lost their crops would be given a compensation of Rs. 4,000 per hectare. Affected hut dwellers would get Rs. 2,000.

Those who lost their cattle would get Rs 10,000 per head of cattle and Rs 1,000 per goat. The affected people would get five kg of rice, one litre of kerosene, one dhoti and one saree.

The Chief Minister said he had directed Ministers, senior officials and MLAs to rush to the affected areas and coordinate the relief work immediately.

While Local Administration Minister M.K. Stalin would inspect the relief works in all the affected districts, Electricity Minister Arcot N Veeraswami would supervise the relief works in Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur and Tiruchi districts and PWD Minister Durai Murugan in Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts.

To enable the Ministers, MLAs and officials to supervise the relief works in their respective areas, he had requested Assembly Speaker R. Avudaiappan to suspend the session on March 24 and 25.

The Chief Minister said the State had not received Central funds for the damage caused in the State by rains earlier.

The State had demanded Rs. 1,500 crore from the Centre for relief works. However, subsequent reports from District Collectors found that the damage was not to that extent. So the State was not insisting that the Centre sanction the entire Rs. 1,500 crore. But it was continuously reminding the Centre about the need to release more funds. He hoped that the State would definitely get funds, even if not immediately.

The Chief Minister welcomed Union Minister and Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar’s suggestion that the existing alliance among the parties in the United Progressive Alliance should continue for the Lok Sabha elections.

Asked about the auction of cricket players for the Indian Premier League, Mr. Karunanidhi said: “It is not acceptable to me.”

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