Jayalalithaa allocates Rs 500 crore for rain relief aid

To prevent epidemic outbreak, medical camps are conducted in all rain hit districts
Chennai: “Don’t panic, things will return to normalcy, as the state is working round-the-clock,” Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa reassured residents during her visit to water-logged pockets of north Chennai.
Later in the day, she also announced a package of Rs 500 crore for the departments to expedite relief works in the state. Ending the political criticism that the Chief Minister was yet to visit rain-hit areas; she visited her RK Nagar constituency.
“All relief and assistance will reach you (public) and I am there with you”, she said amid applause. The government took all preventive steps, but when the rains that are due for three months pour out within a few days, the steps taken fail to cope up,” she said.
Ministers and officials, including those from police, fire and rescue services and corporation, are working relentlessly day and night to restore normalcy. Relief measures are underway on war footing, she added. As many as 48 big motor pumps and six super-sucker machines are operating round-the-clock in R K Nagar and 162 families had been evacuated. Similar measures are at full pace in Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts. Food distribution is also on in full swing.
To prevent epidemic outbreak, medical camps are conducted in all rain hit districts and to prevent zoonotic diseases veterinary camps for livestock is also held, she said.
Earlier in the day, Jayalalithaa held a review meeting with senior ministers and officials at the secretariat on rain relief and rehabilitation measures. The government has also announced special officers for each corporation zone to speed up relief works.

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