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Centre's flood damage assessment team meets Jaya

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J Jayalalithaa Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa. File photo

Chennai: An eight-member team of the Central Government, who would be assessing the extent of flood damage in Tamil Nadu, met Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa here on Tuesday.

In a statement here, the government said the team will tour the flood affected areas on Tuesday and Wednesday and make their assessment.

Jayalalithaa told the central team that the requirement of funds for relief and restoration of infrastructure are well beyond the resources available with the State.

"I therefore request the Central team to make an in-depth assessment of the damages suffered by the state and to submit its report to the Ministry of Home Affairs expeditiously," she said.

The state government had asked a total sum of Rs.25,912.45 crore towards flood relief and restoration works.

In the meanwhile, DMK activists held a protest demonstration here and demanded a judicial inquiry into the release of surplus water from Chembarambakkam lake here and subsequent flooding in the city.

DMK President M. Karunanidhi led the protestors.

On December 13, Chief Secretary K. Gnanadesikan said that the Chennai flooding was not due to official indecision or mismanagement of water release from Chembarambakkam lake into the Adyar river.

He said that it was caused primarily by very high rainfall in November, followed by more rain in Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts on December 1.

Heavy rains - the worst in a century - battered Chennai and adjoining Kanchipuram, Cuddalore and Thiruvallur districts in October-December 2015, resulting in unprecedented floods. A total of 421 people lost their lives in incidents caused by the rains.

(With agency inputs)

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