Ministers, Central teams visit cyclone-hit areas

Higher Education and Agriculture Minister KP Anbalagan and Food Minister R Kamaraj inspected the flood-hit pockets of Tiruvarur and assured compensation for damaged crops after the assessment of damage.

Besides relief camps, they also reviewed samba and thaladi fields under water. Addressing reporters, Minister Kamaraj said that Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami was very particular about the safety of the people as he promised them during his visits after Cyclone Gaja devastation across the Delta region.

Accordingly, as many as 42,764 persons from the low lying areas have been shifted to as many as 211 camps established in Tiruvarur. The basic requirements, including milk for the children have been distributed among the people staying in the camps and those who were staying at the vulnerable spots.

He said, as per the latest assessment in Tiruvarur, 54,627 ha paddy fields have been submerged while 1,606 houses were damaged due to the continuous heavy rains and as many as 132 cattle died after the cyclone.

Meanwhile, a team of Ministers led by SP Velumani and C Vijaya Baskar inspected Nagapattinam district which was severely affected by cyclones Nivar and Burevi and consoled the people.

According to the assessment, 60,000 ha paddy field has been submerged in Nagapattinam district as there were breeches in as many as 172 places in the water bodies across the district. While as many as 60,583 persons have been shifted to as many as 191 camps.

Two central teams also visited various parts of the State to assess cyclone damages.