Chennai: The Centre has declared Tamil Tamil Nadu floods as 'calamity of severe nature', Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said on Thursday.
Meanwhile, as many as 347 persons have died in Tamil Nadu in various rain-related incidents since October, the state government said today.
While, 347 human lives were lost since October 1, about 17.64 lakh people were rescued and sheltered in 6605 relief centres across the state, it said.
The government, which has expedited rehabilitation efforts, said over 1.28 crore food packets have been distributed and an immediate relief amount of Rs 67.47 crore was disbursed among over 1.11 lakh families, as per PTI.
Twelve columns of Army, 48 NDRF teams, 400 Navy and Coast Guard personnel, five helicopters from Indian Air Force, two from the Coast Guard and two from Navy were deployed for relief operations, an official release said.
The fury of north-east monsoon had left a trail of destruction in the state, especially in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallor and Cuddalore.
(With PTI inputs)