Salem, Nov 16:
Chief Minister Edapadi K. Palaniswami, told newmen in Omalur today said as many as 11 people have died due to the cyclone. He also he will soon tour the affected areas.
He announced that government will provide Rs.10 lakh to the kin of the deceased. Compensation of Rs., one lakh to the seriously injured and Rs.25000 to those who suffered minor injuries will be given, he added. So also he assured adequate compensation to those who had lost their home and property in the havoc after an assessment work on it that was undertaken is completed .
He pointed out that due to the preventive steps taken by the government in the last few days loss of lives and property were minimised. Nagapattinam has been the worst hit though Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Pudukottai and Ramanathapuram suffered devastation.
State ministers are camping in various parts of the cyclone-affected area to oversee and expedite the relief operations. About 450 mobile medical teams in ambulance were going round storm hit places and rendering quick medical relief to the victims.
He said 82000 people were sheltered in 470 camps before the storm struck and they as the weathermen have the rains will continue till this evening they will remain in the camps till then.
Palansiwami said after assessing the damages a report will be sent to the Centre. Replying to a query he regretted Centre had not so far acceded to the State’s relief package request for the storm that struck last year.
Electricity Board has begun the work of power restoration and to replace the fallen lamp posts already 700 poles have been procured. Removal of uprooted trees and road clearance work has started.
On Sterlite issue a newsmen pointed out that the Centre has said excessive groundwater has been suck and utilised as per a report they had and it was the State either to take ti or leave it.To this Edapadi said as the issue is in the court nothing can be said about it right now.