Southern Railway has suffered damage to the tune of Rs. 6 crore to its properties following cyclone ‘Thane,' Deepak Krishan, General Manager, Southern Railway, has said.
Asbestos-topped shelters put up on platforms and certain other properties in railway stations in the cyclone-affected areas were damaged either by strong wind or uprooted trees.
Mr. Krishan, who carried out an annual inspection at the Pudhuchathiram railway station near here on Tuesday, told reporters that the Tiruchi division ought to be complemented for fastest action taken to repairing damage.
Chief Minister N. Rangasamy on Wednesday started off the cyclone relief distribution to house owners and farmers. Around five persons from each category visited his chamber and were handed over the relief amount.
The government had previously allotted Rs. 18,11,46,495 for cyclone relief for 8405.7 hectares of paddy, groundnut, tapioca, sugarcane, plantain, palm tree, cashewnut, casuarina, beetle leaf, vegetables and fruits through the Agriculture Department. Karaikal farmers were allotted Rs. 10,17,30,000.
For houses and huts, a sum of Rs. 25,08,60,000 was allotted in the Puducherry and Oulgaret taluks and a sum of Rs. 26,65,55,000 was allotted for 26,635 totally and severely damaged houses in Villianur and Bahour.
Chennai, Feb 14 (PTI) The Walmart Foundation, a division of the world's largest retailer Walmart, has donated USD 100,000 (about Rs 50 lakh) to farmers in Cuddalore district in Tamil Nadu, who were severely affected by cyclone Thane last year. International humanitarian organisation CARE and Walmart Foundation are currently engaged in cashew value chain at the district affected by the Dec 30 cyclone. Through the donation, the Walmart Foundation and CARE aim to restore livelihoods for farmers involved in the cashew processing sector in Cuddalore, Walmart Foundation said in a statement. "Cuddalore has major clusters of large-scale cashew farming and processing activities. The sector employs several thousand marginalised women in cashew cultivation. Through this initiative, we hope to rebuild the capacity of cashew growers and ensure positive, sustainable benefits for families.." Bharti-Walmart Managing Director and CEO, Raj Jain, said. Approximately 3,600 people including 900 women would be benefitted by the project, scheduled to be completed by March 2013, it said. The cyclone which devastated eastern India last year, claimed 47 lives, affected around 700 villages, particularly farmlands and rendered many homeless.
Chancellor of Karunya University, Paul Dhinakaran, gave away financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 43 lakh for repairing houses and places of worship which were damaged in cyclone ‘Thane,' at a function held at St.John's C.S.I. Church here on Sunday.
Mr. Dhinakaran said he also proposed to construct 42 houses and create facilities for improving livelihood through his organisation, “Jesus Calls,” for those who had lost their dwelling units. Works would begin after obtaining government permission.
He said that he was pained to learn about the loss suffered by people of Cuddalore district following the cyclone. Post-Thane, he had sent volunteers of the Samiti for Education, Environment, Social and Health Action to assess damage.
The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd., as part of its corporate social responsibility, arranged a distribution of rice and bed sheets to the cyclone-affected people of Varakkalpattu near here on Sunday.
B.S. Josyulu, Basin Manager (Cauvery basin), gave away 20 kg of rice and two bed sheets to each of the 400 affected families, all belong to Scheduled Caste. He said that the aid was being given as part of the “Component Plan” specifically meant for the uplift of Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe families.
In the circle of operation under his jurisdiction, comprising the districts of Cuddalore, Tiruvannamalai, Nagapattinam and Ramanathapuram and the Union Territory of Puducherry, an annual allocation of Rs. 30 lakh had been made for implementing the Component Plan. Besides this, the company was mandated to set aside two per cent of its annual profit, working out to approximately Rs. 400 crore, to provide for infrastructure, extending educational assistance and improving the lot of women and children.