Tamil Nadu seeks Rs 2,629 crore relief, Centre to assess damage – Times of India

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CHENNAI: Union Home minister Amit Shah on Wednesday assured Tamil Nadu that a six-member inter-ministerial team would visit the state to assess flood damage, said DMK parliamentary party leader T R Baalu. Tamil Nadu government has sought central assistance of 2,629 crore towards flood relief. Talking to reporters after a meeting with Shah in New Delhi, Baalu said he had submitted the state government’s memorandum to the Union minister on the directions of the chief minister, seeking a central aid of 2,079 crore towards permanent restoration and 550 crore to take up interim relief and restoration.
“The Union minister said he would send the team this evening and decide on the further course of action after their return. Shah also spoke to the chief minister over phone today,” Baalu said, expressing hope of getting central assistance. However, Union home ministry sources told TOI that the composition of the team would be known only by Thursday evening. The team is expected to visit Chennai, Chengalpet, Kanyakumari and the delta districts in the next few days.
Tamil Nadu received 52% excess rainfall in October and 49% excess rain in November, affecting 12 districts heavily. The state has reported 54 rain-related deaths. Another 52 people are injured. As per the assessment of the administration, 701 huts were fully damaged and 8,846 huts were partially damaged, 67 houses were fully damaged and 2,022 houses were partially damaged.
Asked about the poor assistance from the Centre during previous disasters, Baalu said, “It all depends on the competence of the state government. Here is a government led by Stalin. It is not like the previous government. We have 39 MPs. We will approach and get as much funds as we can,” Baalu said. The State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) account stood at a deficit of 7,500 crore due to mounting expenses. Despite that, the chief minister on Tuesday allocated 300 crore towards restoration of roads, drains and other infrastructure and announced relief to farmers. About 49,230 hectares of agricultural crops and 526 hectares of horticultural crops are inundated, the DMK leader said.

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