Toll mounts to 52, CM to seek Central aid for damage

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Chennai, Dec 21 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today said the State would seek Central assistance after analysing the extent of damage caused by the recent rainfall, even as the toll in rain-related incidents mounted to 52.

Talking to reporters after his return from New Delhi, he said the extent of damage was being analysed.

After assessing the damage, the State Government would write a letter to the Centre seeking assistance from the National Calamity Relief Fund, he said and added so far 49 people died in rain-related incidents.

Meanwhile, the toll mounted to 52, with two kids drowning in a water-logged pit at Pollachi, near Coimbatore, this evening.

Mr Karunanidhi said about 22,500 people in low-lying areas had been evacuated to safer places and standing crops in 85,253 hectares of land were submerged.

Mr Karunanidhi said an assistance of Rs one lakh each was given to the families of 49 people who were killed in rain-related incidents in the state.

He said as many as 149 lakes suffered breaches and roads to the extent of 5,495 km were damaged. As many as 1,183 villages were affected and 79 villages innundated.

He said State Ministers, MPs and MLAs were involved in carrying out relief work in the affected areas.

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