Jayalalithaa orders Rs.10,000 cash for flood victims

Chennai, Dec 7 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Monday announced a flood relief of Rs.10,000, 10 kg of rice, a sari and dhoti to those who lost their huts in the floods.

For those who live in permanent houses and were affected, Rs.5,000, 10 kg of rice, a sari and dhoti would be supplied.

Jayalalithaa said in a statement that 10,000 permanent houses will be allotted here and new houses will be constructed for those who lost their huts in the floods.

According to her, those who lost their livestock a compensation of Rs.10,000 (for loss of cows and buffaloes), Rs.3,000 (for loss of goats and pigs) and Rs.100 for loss of chicken would be paid.

For damages suffered by farmers, Jayalalithaa ordered payment of Rs.13,500 per hectare if 33 percent and above paddy crops were lost and Rs.18,000 per hectare for long term crops.

She said special camps for two weeks starting on December 14 will be held to issue duplicate land title deeds, educational certificates, cooking gas connection cards, voter identity and Aadhar cards and bank passbooks free of cost.

She said 13,80,461 people had been housed in 5,554 flood relief camps set up in Chennai, Cuddalore, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts.

Kanchipuram, which is famed for silk saris and temples, is located 70 km from Chennai. Thiruvallur and Cuddalore are 39 and 185 km away from here respectively.

According to her, a total of 80,120 people belonging to the army, navy, air force and National Disaster Response Force, fire service, Coast Guard, police and others were involved in the rescue efforts.

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