Rains leave 51 dead in Tamil Nadu

November 27th, 2008 - 5:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Nov 27 (IANS) Heavy rains in Chennai during the last four days have left at least 51 people dead and almost 1,000 injured, an official statement said Thursday.The statement released after a cabinet meeting here said Rs.1 billion have been set apart by the government at the outset to alleviate the sufferings of the affected persons, numbering 135,084. The next of kin of those who lost their lives will be given an ex-gratia payment of Rs.200,000.

The cabinet meeting, presided over by the Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, observed one minute’s silence for those who died due to the heavy rains and during the terrorist attacks in Mumbai Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, rains continued to lash the state for the fifth day, throwing life out of gear. Educational institutions remained closed.

Standing paddy crops in four districts spread over 250,000 hectares are rotting in water-logged fields.

Cyclone “Nisha” is expected to cross the eastern coast in central Tamil Nadu later in the afternoon, met office sources said.

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