TAMIL NADU

Rs.99-cr. tsunami relief disbursed in Nagapattinam

NAGAPATTINAM, MARCH 11. Nearly Rs.99 crores had so far been disbursed as tsunami relief in the district, said J.Radhakrishnan, Collector, here today.

The Collector said that Rs.43.59 crores had so far been disbursed as relief to 4,359 families at the rate of Rs.1 lakh for the loss of a life.

He said that 39,941 persons were given Rs.13.62 crores as relief for damage to houses and Rs.14.53 crores to 49,885 persons towards loss of wages and Rs.21 crores to fishermen for purchase of nets, replacement of wooden catamarans and for animal husbandry sector.

Mr. Radhakrishnan said that during his recent three-day visit to Sri Lanka along with Shantha Sheela Nair, Secretary to Government, Rural Development and Local Administration, the Tamil Nadu team shared its post-tsunami experience with the Sri Lankan Government officials in handling rescue, relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in Nagapattinam district.

The team also made a detailed power point presentation to the chairman of Task Force for Rebuilding the Nation (TAFREN), Sri Lanka.

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Members of women self-help groups in the tsunami-affected coastal hamlets of Akkaraipettai and Keechankuppam here were getting training in footwear making at the District Industries Centre, said the Collector, here today.

The Collector, who inspected the training being imparted to SHGs at the DIC here, said that several SHGs had started making footwear and the training was being imparted by experts from the Central Footwear Training Institute, Chennai. He urged the SHGs to make quality products so that they could sell their footwear in the market.

Mr. Radhakrishnan said that members of women SHGs in several parts of the district affected by the tsunami were being trained in other activities including making roof tiles.

The members showed the Collector the footwear made by them and asked him to provide financial assistance for purchasing necessary machinery.