India: Govt sanctions Rs 500cr flood relief, seeks Central aid
CHENNAI: Even as rains gave some respite to Tamil Nadu after battering the state for days, the state cabinet on Tuesday sanctioned Rs 500 crore for providing immediate relief to victims for loss of life and shelter, besides compensation for destruction of crops and temporary restoration of damaged roads, lakes and tanks.
The emergency meeting, called to decide on measures for flood relief, considered the reports submitted by eight senior servants pertaining to the damage caused by the floods in nine districts across the state. The cabinet also decided to seek Rs 1,607 crore from the Centre's national calamity relief fund for permanent repair work to be undertaken on roads and water bodies, besides payment of compensation for damaged crops.
An official press release issued after the cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister M Karunanidhi said 203 people had died so far in rain-related incidents and the families of each of them were being paid Rs 2 lakh each through the district administration. The death toll among livestock was put at 5,068.
As many as 8,000 huts had been fully damaged in the floods and 40,000 partially damaged, as per official estimates, but the figures were expected to go up after flood water recedes in different parts of the state. It was decided that Rs 5000 would be paid as relief within a week to each fully damaged hut and Rs 2,500 to each partially damaged hut, it said.
As about 3.20 lakh houses had suffered flooding due to the rains, the relief for such residences had been fixed at Rs 1,500 each and paid immediately. Fishermen who had lost their boats, catamarans and nets would get Rs 7,500 for replacement of damaged items and Rs 2,500 for repairs. The municipal administration and health departments would take up health-related work such as supplying protected drinking water and steps to prevent spread of contagious diseases.
As per the reports of district collectors and special commissioners, about 15 lakh acres of crops had been submerged by flood waters and the full extent of the damage would be calculated after the floods receded, the release said. If the damage to paddy crop was in excess of 50%, compensation to the tune of Rs 8000 per hectare would be paid, while other specified amounts would be paid in respect of crops other than paddy.
It was decided that the same officials who had visited the districts as special commissioners would continue to monitor flood relief work. Further, the officials had said the reason for the huge damage caused in Cuddalore and delta districts was because of lack of proper drainage facilities in the state. It was decided that plans would be drawn up to take up long-term flood prevention measures by creating drainage facilities in the river beds of Vellar, Paravanar and Uppar rivers in Cuddalore district and in Coleroon, Harischandra, Vennar, Baminiyar, Koraiyar, Valavanar and Vettar in the delta areas.
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