Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday reviewed rain-related accidents and the mitigation measures taken up by the State Disaster Management Authority. The State government, in a statement, added that rain-related accidents have claimed 25 lives in the State, including the ones in house collapse at Mettupalayam.
Apart from this, eight people died and an equal number injured in the State from November 29 to December 1, the release said. Owing to monsoon, so far 58 cattle have died, 1,305 hutments and 465 tiled houses were damaged and necessary compensation are being provided by the State. In the case of crops, the Agriculture Department is assessing the damages and is facilitating insurance companies to release compensations at the earliest. Temporary rain relief centres have been opened in Cuddalore, Tirunelveli and in Tuticorin. Food and basic facilities are provided to those hit by floods and rescue teams are positioned at vantage points to evacuate the public in case of a heavy downpour.
Chief Secretary K Shanmugham, Commissioner of Revenue Administration and Disaster Management J Radhakrishnan, Home Secretary S K Prabhakar, Health secretary Beela Rajesh and senior police officials took part in the meeting.