‘Cyclone-hit people to get relief amount in 2days`

Jayalalithaa said nearly 1,53,000 people in Cuddalore and 23,776 people in Villpuram lost their houses in the December 30 cyclone.

Last Updated: Jan 10, 2012, 23:43 PM IST

Chennai: Stepping up efforts to provide
succour to the cyclone Thane hit people, Tamil Nadu Chief
Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday said all those affected by the
storm fury in Cuddalore and Villupuram districts would be
provided relief amount in another two days ahead of harvest
festival Pongal.

Making the announcement after reviewing the relief works at
a meeting of top officials chaired by her at the Secretariat,
Jayalalithaa said nearly 1,53,000 people in Cuddalore and
23,776 people in Villpuram who lost their houses in the
December 30 cyclone fury were yet to get the relief amount.

On January 3, Jayalalithaa had announced a relief of Rs
2,500 each to those whose huts were partly damaged and Rs
5,000 for fully damaged huts and tiled houses and earmarked Rs
114 crore for this. She had then pegged the number of total
damaged huts and houses at 3.5 lakh.

An official release today said the Chief Minister ordered
placing of five water tankers in each panchayat union to
provide drinking water supplies besides other measures to meet
water requirements in these two districts.

While 18,000 electric poles have been sent to these
districts, efforts were on to bring additional 12,000 poles
from Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and other states
and deploy additional 5,000 people to restore power supply
before the Pongal festival, she said.

The severe cyclonic storm that crossed the state coast on
December 30 left a trail of destruction claiming 39 lives in
Cuddalore district, the worst hit, and leaving thousands of
people in relief camps.

PTI