Jaya allots Rs 150 cr for cyclone relief

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today alloted Rs 150 crore for immediate relief measures and directed four Ministers to visit the districts which bore the brunt of cyclonic storm `Thane`.

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2011, 15:15 PM IST

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister
Jayalalithaa today alloted Rs 150 crore for immediate relief
measures and directed four Ministers to visit the districts
which bore the brunt of cyclonic storm `Thane`.

After chairing a meeting with senior department officials,
Jayalalithaa said she had asked her cabinet colleagues B V
Ramana, T K M Chinnaiah, K A Jeyapaul and M C Sampath to visit
Kancheepuram, Villupuram, Nagapattinam and Cuddalore
districts, the worst hit by the storm which crossed the state
coast this morning.

She said the sum of Rs 150 crore would be used for
immediate relief measures and for restoring basic
infrastructure facilities.

Besides, Jayalalithaa also directed the District
Collectors, Deputy Collectors and department Secretaries to
assess the extent of the damage caused by "Thane" and submit a
report.

She said hundreds of trees had been uprooted, hampering
the flow of traffic. Moreover, hundreds of electric posts have
also fallen due to the cyclone, she said, directing officials
to remove them by this evening.

She said as a precautionery measure, around 6,000 people
living in low lying areas were moved to safer places and power
supply had been suspended in Cuddalore, Villupuram and
Nagapattinam districts since last night.

Four teams from National Disaster Management were also sent
to Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Chennai and Tiruvallur districts,
she said in a statement here.

PTI