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TN death toll mounts to 184
A new low pressure over south east Bay of Bengal is expected to bring more rain to Tamil Nadu, where rain-related incidents have taken the lives of 184 people
“Due to the low pressure, rain is expected over coastal districts of Tamil Nadu on Saturday,” Regional Meteorological Department Director S R Ramanan told reporters here on Friday.
He said heavy rains could be expected in the coastal districts of the state on Sunday and Monday, even as Tamil Nadu was recovering from the monsoon fury it had been facing in the past few days resulting in loss of life and property besides extensive damage to crops in all districts across the State.
Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said in a statement on Friday that eight more persons had perished in various rain-related incidents between November 18 and 25, with the toll going up to 184. Two other persons Panneerselvam and Vijayamani were injured in incidents on Thursday. She announced a relief of Rs four lakh each to the families of the victims and Rs.50,000 each to the injured persons.
The state on the whole has already received rainfall of 483.6 mm higher than the total rainfall it receives during the entire north-east monsoon season, which was 440.40 mm, which went up to December.
The chief minister has said her government had taken adequate precautionary measures which helped in minimising the loss of property and life. She has already allocated a Rs 500-crore relief package. “However, the trail of damage and destruction caused by the extremely heavy rainfall indicates a requirement of much higher expenditure. Further, the extent of damage is still unfolding and we have many weeks left in the north-east monsoon period during which more weather systems are expected,” she added.
She recalled that she had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking an immediate release of Rs 2,000 crore towards relief. The prime minister, had on November 23, instructed the immediate release of financial assistance of Rs 939.63 crore to deal with the flood situation in Tamil Nadu.
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