TN CM Stalin announces ₹6,000 cash assistance to people affected by cyclone

On Friday, 8 December, Stalin announced that he was donating his one-month salary to the TN Chief Minister's Relief Fund.

BySouth First Desk

Published Dec 09, 2023 | 5:11 PMUpdated Dec 09, 2023 | 5:41 PM

TN CM Stalin announces ₹6,000 cash assistance to people affected by cyclone

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Saturday, 9 December announced ₹6,000 cyclone relief to people affected by cyclone Michaung.

The assistance to people, whose livelihoods were affected by the cyclone, would be paid in cash by the government at the ration shops, the government said in an official release. Also, increased payout under other categories including compensation for flood-hit crops.

The chief minister’s announcement followed a high-level meeting chaired by him at the Secretariat that reviewed damage due to floods and the relief to be provided to the affected people.

A government press release said Stalin has ordered increasing the compensation for rain-hit crops (33 percent and above) including paddy from ₹13,500 per hectare to ₹17,000.

If perennial crops and trees had been affected, the compensation per hectare would be hiked to ₹22,500 per hectare from ₹18,000.

For rain-fed crops, the compensation would be increased to ₹8,500 from ₹7,410 per hectare.

The solatium to the kin of those who lost their lives in rain-related incidents due to the cyclone would be increased to ₹ five lakh from ₹four lakh.

The assistance to damaged huts shall be now ₹8,000 from ₹5,000.

On Friday, 8 December, Stalin announced that he was donating his one-month salary to the TN Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

Soliciting support from all sections of the society for cyclone relief initiatives, Stalin urged all MLAs and MPs to similarly contribute to the TN Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund and thanked those who have begun voluntary contributions.

The state government has sought an interim central relief of ₹5,060 crore and the Centre has cleared two instalments of ₹450 crore each to Tamil Nadu.

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Cyclone Michaung

The cyclone-triggered heavy rainfall had led to inundation in localities including Velachery and Tambaram. People were seen leaving their homes in the areas surrounded by water to safer zones, carrying their children and wading through stagnant water.

Chennai, Kancheepuram, Chengelpet and Tiruvallur in northern Tamil Nadu were hit by the cyclone and heavy inundation.

Under the influence of the severe cyclonic storm Michaung, Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengelpet districts received a total of 109.41 cm of rainfall (3 and 4 December). Poonamalle (in Tiruvallur district, a Chennai suburb) received 32 cm and Perungudi (Chennai) received 29 cm.

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Relief operation in full swing

Municipal Administration Minister KN Nehru, after distributing relief materials said drinking water and other basic necessities for people in affected areas has been ensured.

Only in some localities such as Pallikaranai, Mudichur, Perumbakkam, RK Nagar and a part of Kolathur, waterlogging continued. Efforts were in full swing to drain rainwater in such areas, he said.

In an advisory to authorities, Meena said the cooperative department has opened 150 mobile vegetable shops and these should be deployed in areas that need them the most. Outlining several other measures, he said: “We have reached near normal, let’s achieve total normalcy.”

Speaking to the media, Meena said power supply has been restored in Chennai but for some places which constitute only “0.04 per cent,” and for such localities too, the electricity supply would be back soon.

Transport services and supply of drinking water and milk were normal, the Chief Secretary said.

As regards water supply, there was a big improvement and as many as 4,500 trips have been completed using 445 water tankers besides piped water supply.

The police announced that 6,670 cases (e-challans) booked between 3 and 8 December using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras for traffic violations would be cancelled, a one-time measure, considering the cyclone and its aftermath.

(With PTI inputs)