Chennai: Forty-four persons have died in
rain-related incidents over the past few days in Tamil Nadu even as the state government Tuesday stepped up operations to move people living in low-lying areas to safer places.
Condoling the deaths, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said in a
statement that solatium of Rs two lakh would be paid to the
kin of the deceased.
She said seven persons were killed due to flash floods at
Tirupur on Monday.
People displaced temporarily from their homes there have
been lodged in 10 relief centres and the District Collector
has been instructed to ensure adequate facilities for them
such as food and water, Jayalalithaa said.
The affected families will be provided 10 kg rice, a dhoti
and saree, one litre kerosene oil and Rs 1000 cash assistance,
With the rains abating, authorities are taking steps to
pump out water from flooded areas.
In Erode district, a hosiery hub, rains over the past few
days have hit textile business.
With the Noyyal river in spate, people living on the banks
have been asked to move to safer places.
Paddy, sugarcane, turmeric and banana crops in several
acres have been destroyed.
Chennimalai, 25 km from Erode, home to ten thousand
powerlooms and five thousand handlooms besides 60 textile
dyeing units, has been hit as no units were functioning due
to the rains, officials said.