Tamil Nadu cyclone death toll reaches 120November 30th, 2008 - 2:08 pm ICT by ANI
Chennai, Nov.30 (ANI): The indiscriminate rains over the last one week in Tamil Nadu have left 120 people dead in the state so far.
Relief operation is in full swing in the states affected districts.
A large area of Chennai is inundated in water. Areas such as Velachery, Manapakkam, Medavakkam continues to be waterlogged.
The torrential rains have destroyed standing crops in over 550,000 hectares of land. 600,000 farmers have been hit hard by the calamity, said chief minister M.Karunanidhi.
About one million people have been affected by the havoc caused by torrential rains. 2,100 relief camps have been set up across the State to help the affected, Karunanidhi added. The state government has sanctioned 100 crore for immediate relief work. 2000 rupees and ten kilos of rice are being distributed among the affected.
Rains have reportedly damaged roads across the State. A 7,700 km of area comprising State highways and National highways has been affected.
Rail services across the state have remained paralyzed. At many places, the rail track has submerged, forcing railway authorities to suspend train services.
The meteorological department in Chennai has forecast isolated heavy rain across coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for the next 24 hours.
Cyclone Nisha has left a trail of death and destruction with like Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapatinam, and Cuddalore being the worst affected.(ANI)
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