Rain-hit TN seeks Central aid

Written by Economy Bureau | Chennai | Updated: Nov 29 2008, 07:57am hrs
Parts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai city and suburbs, hit by cyclone Nisha and its accompanying rains, are slowly limping back to normalcy, with many areas still under water. More rains are expected as the cyclonic storm is active in interior Tamil Nadu, according to the metereological department.

At least 70 people were killed and several lakhs of people rendered homeless in continuous down pour. The cyclone wreaked havoc in Karaikal, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore and Tiruvarur districts. Standing paddy crops were fully submerged. Several villages were isolated and a number of people marooned. Armys help had been sought to drop food packets to marooned people.

Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, undertook a tour of the flood hit areas in the city. He expressed hope that the Centre would sanction adequate funds for flood relief work in the State.

We have provided details to the Centre about the damage caused by the cyclone and heavy rains lashing the state, he told reporters He said the district Collectors were asked to collect details of the damage. The relief work for the affected people were being taken up in full swing. The city was under sheet of water with suburban lakes and tanks like Chembarambakkam, Poondi and Porur surplusing. Most of the roads in the city were flooded and traffic disrupted. People living on the banks of Adyar, Cooum rivers and in the low lying areas had been housed in schools and being provided food.

Many suburbs of the city were flooded. In some areas, rain water had entered the houses. Elsewhere in the state, the situation was grim.