Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, in her letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday pegged the damages owing to heavy rainfall in the last few days at Rs 8,481 crore and urged him to sanction an immediate relief of Rs 2,000 crore to sustain the relief and restoration operations.
Acting swiftly to the request, Modi has sanctioned an initial relief amount of Rs 940 crore to deal with the situation and assured her of sending an expert team to assess the damage immediately and acting further based on the report submitted by the team. The state government has already sanctioned an immediate relief of Rs 500 crore towards this.
In her letter to the PM , Jayalalithaa said a deep depression of high intensity formed in the Bay of Bengal and hit the Tamil Nadu coastal districts, causing extremely heavy rains, particularly in the four northern districts of Cuddalore, Kancheepuram, Chennai and Tiruvallur.
More than 4 lakh people were shifted to relief camps and provided food and shelter. Rescue and relief operations were undertaken on a war footing. The tireless immediate rescue and relief operations conducted against heavy odds were widely appreciated.
Despite all the efforts taken by the state government, as the rainfall was extremely heavy and sustained for several days, it has left a trail of damage and destruction. Many parts of the state have been severely affected due to flooding and 169 lives were lost during this North East monsoon since October 1, and there was widespread damage to property including dwelling units and crops. Infrastructure, including roads and bridges, storm water drainage systems, water supply and sewerage systems and electricity supply systems have been battered in many areas, she pointed out.