Relief operations on war footing; toll rises to 42
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Chennai - Relief operations were launched on war-footing to bring
back normalcy in cyclone Thane battered Tamil Nadu's Cuddalore
district and the adjacent Puducherry, as the toll caused by the
severe storm mounted to 42 today.
As the administrative machinery was put in top gear, Chief Minister
Jayalalithaa said nine more people have died in rain related
incidents, taking the toll to 42, following the severe cyclonic storm
that crossed Tamil Nadu coast yesterday.
She said five people were killed in Cuddalore, the worst affected
district, three in Kancheepuram and one in Theni. She also announced
a solatium of Rs two lakh each to those killed.
Thane, packed with wind speeds of about 135 kmph, claimed 33 lives
and wreaked havoc,particularly in Cuddalore and Union territory of
Puducherry, leaving around 20,000 people homeless on Friday.
Parts of Cuddalore district wore a battered look with hundreds of
uprooted trees and electric posts strewn across roads. Essential
items like milk became scarce while officials started supply of
drinking water through 60 tankers.
Rural Industries Minister M C Sampath, overseeing relief operations,
said normalcy would be restored in a couple of days in Cuddalore
District Collector V Amudhavalli said five senior IAS officials are
supervising relief work and assessing damage caused by the cyclone,
which has since moved out of the Bay of Bengal and weakened into a
well marked low pressure over the Arabian Sea.
Puducherry, which remained cut-off from adjoining districts in Tamil
Nadu, is fast returning to normal with road and rail traffic resuming
today, officials said.
Work is on to clear interior roads in the city and suburbs scattered
with uprooted trees and electric poles, while power is being restored
in phases, they said.
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