TN CM announces solatium to victims of Kerala landslide

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday announced a solatium of Rs 3 lakh for kin of each of the deceased in a landslide at Pettimudi in Idukki district of Kerala on August 6. He announced Rs 1 lakh each for those who suffered severe injuries.

Direct successors of every person killed in the landslide and residing in Tamil Nadu would be given Rs three lakh financial aid, Palaniswami said. Those who sustained serious injuries shall get Rs one lakh, he said, adding that the assistance would be provided from the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund.

Palaniswami said the tea estate labourers killed at Munnar in Idukki district of Kerala were natives of Tamil Nadu and were living and working in the neighbouring state for a long time.

Search is on for eight more missing persons. Revenue officials were in the process of identifying legal heirs of the deceased. They are being categorised as victims who have legal heirs, those with secondary heirs in the absence of legal heirs (siblings) and the third category as those without heirs.

On the CM’s directive, a team of personnel from Theni district joined the rescue efforts in Kerala, he said, adding that 12 workers have been rescued and admitted in a hospital for treatment. He condoled the deaths and prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured.

Apart from the assistance announced by Palaniswami, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has announced an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh to kin of the deceased and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an ex-gratia of Rs two lakh each to the victims.