200 tsunami-hit families to get new houses today

Special Correspondent

224 more such houses to be constructed in Pattinacherry

Puducherry: The Executive Director of the Pondicherry Multipurpose Social Service Society (PMSSS), Rev Fr. R. Ratchagar, said in a release here that more than 200 tsunami-hit families would be given new houses on Tuesday in Keezhakasakudimedu in Karaikal.

He said that CARITAS, an international social service organisation and a major donating partner of the housing scheme, was funding the project, under which as many as 13,737 houses were being constructed in all tsunami-hit areas in India.

Of them, a total of 6,728 houses were in Tamil Nadu and 424 in the Union Territory. The society would construct 224 more houses in Pattinacherry in Karaikal.

The PMSSS had taken up rehabilitation and relief work in 20 villages, including nine in Puducherry region, three in Karaikal and eight in Cuddalore district.

The CARITAS funded housing schemes to the extent of Rs. 2 crore. The Executive Director said that it had set up an "Early Warning System" to disseminate weather reports downloaded from the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services.

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