Cyclone Thane: Heavy rains leave 4 dead in Kerala
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 31, 2011, 16:26
  
Thiruvananthapuram: Heavy rains and floods here on Saturday have left four people dead and one missing in the aftermath of Cyclone Thane which hit the Tamil Nadu coast near Cuddalore on Friday.

At least 33 people were killed as cyclone Thane hit the Tamil Nadu coast near Cuddalore on Friday morning, leaving a trail of death and destruction in the state and Puducherry.

Speaking to the media, Kerala Minister for Transport VS Sivakumar said four people have been reported dead and one missing in Thiruvananthapuram.

"We have already opened three relief camps as low lying areas of the city have been flooded. Instructions have been given to authorities that they should open more camps. Food and ration would be provided in the camps," said Sivakumar.

In the capital district, 50 houses have been partially destroyed and the authorities have decided to open the shutters of the Neyyar Dam located on the outskirts.

The state government has announced Rs 1 lakh ex-gratia to the families of the victims immediately.

"We are doing our best to see that relief and rehabilitation reaches those who have been affected," said Thiruvananthapuram Mayor J Chandrika.

Heavy rains have been reported across the state with the southern districts being the worst affected.

IANS


First Published: Saturday, December 31, 2011, 14:48


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