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Wednesday, 25 November 2015
NT Bureau

A Central team will visit Tamilnadu tomorrow to make a first-hand assessment of the damage caused by the heavy rains.

According to sources, the nine-member committee will be headed by Union Home Ministry Joint Secretary TVSN Prasad.

The team is likely to comprise senior officers from Revenue, Agriculture, Finance, Fisheries and other departments.

After a preliminary meeting with the State Chief Secretary, the team would visit rain ravaged districts--- Cuddalore, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur and Chennai--- and meet the people and district officials to assess the extent of damage caused to standing crops, roads, bridges, cattle stock, houses, hutments, public properties etc.

The team is visiting Tamilnadu following a request from Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who on Monday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi besides sending a detailed memorandum to the Centre.

Immediately, the Union government sacntioned Rs 939.63 crore to Tamilnadu.

According to the Union Finance Ministry, further assistance would be decided by the Centre after the team’s assessment.

In her Monday letter to Modi, Jayalalithaa said that 169 lives have been lost in various rain-related incidents since 1 October, 2015.

Detailing the extent of the damage, Jayalalithaa told the PM that despite her government's preventive efforts, the State had suffered severe damage on account of the 'extremely heavy and sustained' rainfall which, she said, had left a trail of destruction and that her government had allocated Rs 500 crore for relief work.

The assessment of damage and requirement of funds for immediate relief and restoration of infrastructure which she said had been speedily carried out indicated a much higher financial requirement.

'The requirement of funds for immediate rescue and relief and the temporary and permanent restoration of infrastructure has been worked out at Rs.8,481 crore in all,' she said.

'This assessment has been made as an immediate measure since the government of Tamilnadu requires assistance from government of India to meet the very high expenditure requirements that such a severe calamity has caused. The funds required are well beyond the resources available with the state, including the State Disaster Response Fund,' she said.

She requested Modi to depute a central team immediately to make its on-the-spot assessment of damage and to release central financial aid without any delay keeping in view the urgency of restoring many of the infrastructure facilities and services to the flood affected people.

'In the meanwhile, I request that an on account release of Rs 2,000 crore may be sanctioned immediately to enable the State government to sustain the relief and restoration operations with the same vigour,' she said.


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