The death toll in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu crosses 100 even as parts of the state received fresh rains on Thursday morning. As the North East monsoon charges up again after some respite over the past two days, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa seeks assistance from the Centre.
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said in a statement released on Thursday, that 24 more deaths have been reported in the past few days, shooting up the death toll in rain-related incidents like drowning and death due to wall-collapse to 111.
In a telephonic conversation with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister intimated him of the situation and sought a central team to take assessment of the situation in the state. The Minister assured her that it will be deputed once the Centre receives the memorandum, the state government said.
Singh, who is in China, announced on the micro-blogging website Twitter, that “the Centre is assisting the state agencies of Tamil Nadu in rescue and relief ops” and assured Tamil Nadu CM of all possible help.
The state government will submit its detailed memorandum seeking assistance from the National Disaster Response Fund and other Central government funding by November 23, the released statement said.
The state government’s report on casualties and relief reported that the maximum number of deaths have been reported from Cuddalore with 12 deaths – nine in drowning, two in wall collapse and one in lamp post collapse.
Kancheepuram reported six deaths due to drowning while Chennai and Vellore three and two respectively. One person was electrocuted in Kanyakumari, the statement by the CM said.
Expressing grief over the deaths, Jayalalithaa announced a relief of Rs four lakh each for the bereaved families.
The state government announced new sets of books, free of cost for the students who lost them due to rain water accumulation in their homes. The CM also directed officials to provide one set of school uniform to students. The government will provide a duplicate copy of ration cards to persons who have lost their original ones in the rains.
Meanwhile, many parts in Puducherry, South and North Tamil Nadu received a heavy spell of rain overnight on Wednesday, especially the districts of Tirunelveli, Virudhunagar and Kanyakumari, said the regional meteorological department. The MET also forecast more rains in the next 24 hours, especially in areas along the Western ghats.
(With inputs from PTI)