Chennai, December 10: Rain-battered Tamil Nadu returned to normalcy as flood water receded and relief measures are in full swing in most parts of Tamil Nadu as there is respite from rain today. Over 140 villages have been inundated and as many as 347 persons have died in Tamil Nadu in various rain-related incidents since October, the state government said today.
The government, which has expedited rehabilitation efforts, said over 1.28 crore food packets have been distributed and an immediate relief amount of Rs 67.47 crore was disbursed among over 1.11 lakh families, media agencies reported.The met office has informed that the trough of low pressure from Kannya Kumari Sea to South west Bay of Bengal off north Tamil Nadu coast is less marked. Rain will occur in southern districts including Kannya Kumari and Thoothukudi. It has also forecast isolated heavy rainfall in many parts of Kanniya Kumari district. Theni, Cuddalore Chengalpattu and Papanasam in Tirunelveli has recorded moderate rainfall.
Nagapattinam flood alert has been issued to people living near Kollidam as 50,000 cusecs water has been released from Kallanai. People living near Alakudi, nathal Padukai, Muthalamedu are being moved to safer places. In the district 39,637 persons are still kept in 82 relief camps. Fishermen are not venturing out into the sea and fish export affected. Rain water has submerged paddy fields damaging samba crops. In Vedaranyam water has flooded salt pans.
In Tirunelveli district there is great respite from heavy rain as there is welcome sunshine today. However heavy rain in catchment areas has led to filling up of 11 dams in the district including Manimutharu, Papanasam and Sevalaru. In Namakkal landslides occurred in five places in the Mullukuruchi- Kolli Malai road disrupting traffic.
Huge rocks and boulders which fell on the road are being removed by state highways authorities. People are warned not to use this road as heavy rains have led to landslides in forest areas. In Kannya Kumari rain continues in Nagercoil Aralvazhmozhi Bhoothapalayam.
The official release by the state government also mentioned that twelve columns of Army, 48 NDRF teams, 400 Navy and Coast Guard personnel, five helicopters from Indian Air Force, two from the Coast Guard and two from Navy were deployed for relief operations, an official release said. 590 tonnes of milk powder has been distributed, 4.05 lakh sanitary napkins have provided to women, including those in relief camps, so far, against the targeted 10 lakh.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday announced a comprehensive relief package for the flood-affected people of the state, PTI reported. According to an official press release, those who lost their huts will be provided Rs 10,000 as monetary aid, 10 kilograms of rice, a dhoti and a saree, as well as permanent houses. As many as 10,000 tenements will be allotted in Chennai.
Other families hit by the deluge will be given cash assistance of Rs 5,000, 10 kilograms of rice, a dhoti and a saree. The chief minister said that the situation in the flood-affected state was fast improving. She assured that the relief material and money will be distributed within a few days, once a list of affected families was made.