Puducherry: Assuring all assistance to the
cyclone affected, Home Minister P Chidambaram today said a
Central team would visit Puducherry and Tamil Nadu`s Cuddalore
district soon to make an on-the-spot assessment of the damage
caused by the calamity which left 47 dead.
The team would be deputed to visit the storm-ravaged
areas of Puducherry either tomorrow or day after tomorrow,
Chidambaram told reporters at Moorthikuppam coastal village
before wrapping up his two-and-a-half hour visit to the Union
Territory where the cyclone claimed seven lives.
Chidambaram said as per information provided to him by
Puducherry government around 17,012 hectares of paddy fields
and also coconuts, bananas, casuarinas and sugarcane had been
damaged besides 80,000 huts and 124 power transformers.
New structures were being erected and power supply had been
restored in a phased manner. All that was needed was that the
people should remain calm as the official machinery was
putting in good work, he said.
At Abishegapakkam some villagers told Chidambaram, who was
accompanied by Union Minister V.Narayanasamy, Chief Minister
N.Rangasamy and his ministerial colleagues, that food packets
were not being supplied and power supply not restored.
The quantum of relief would be finalised after holding talks
with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee, Chidambaram said before leaving for Cuddalore.
At Cuddalore, which bore the brunt of the storm accounting
for 31 of the 40 lives lost in Tamil Nadu, Chidambaram visited
the villages of K Kuppam, Uchimedu, Kondur and Manjakuppam.
Villagers complained that there no power supply, milk and
drinking water for the last five days.
He said a central team would visit the region soon and
assistance provided according to its report. Those who lost
their dwellings would be provided housing under central
government scheme, Chidambaram said.
Meanwhile, officials said State Rural Industries minister
M C Sampath, who had been camping in Cuddalore for the past
few days supervising relief works, cancelled all his
programmes and left for Chennai early today.