3,148 officials involved in enumeration work
Chennai: Eunmeration work is on in full swing in Chennai and other flood-affected districts to estimate damage created by the natural calamity. As Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has announced various relief measures to the affected families, officials have been conducting household surveys in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Tiruvallur and Cuddalore districts.
They have been personally visiting each family affected by the unprecedent rain and collecting minute details about the damage. "A form is being given to each household and all details about the damage are filled in. The work will go on for the next few days. As soon as the details reach the government, financial relief will be distributed immediately," official sources said.
In Chennai alone, a whopping 3,148 officials are involved in the work. "Adequate number of officials have been deputed for suburbs and neighbouring districts too," they added.
Jayalalithaa had announced financial assistance of Rs 10,000 for those who had lost their huts in the floods and allocation of 10,000 tenements for them besides an aid of Rs 5,000 to families hit by the deluge. "For families that lost their huts, a flood relief of Rs 10,000, 10 kg rice, a dhoti and saree will be given,' she said in an official release.
Also, for such families that lost their huts in the deluge, permanent houses will be provided. "Immediately, 10,000 tenements will be allotted in Chennai," she said. For other families hit by the floods, cash assistance of Rs 5,000, 10 kg rice, a dhoti and a saree will be provided, she said.
Jayalalithaa said the Centre has declared the recent floods in Tamilnadu as a ?calamity of severe nature?, with parliamentarians being informed that they can recommend renovation and rehabilitation efforts for Rs 1 crore from MPLADS funds.
"Heeding my request, the Central government has declared the floods (and resultant) damage as Calamity of Severe Nature,' she said in a statement. The Centre?s announcement came after she made made a plea to Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, seeking that the floods be declared as 'national disaster,' she said.