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UPDATED: 15:12, December 30, 2004
Relief operations in full swing in India
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Four days after the tsunami nightmare hit this small fishing town of Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu state, relief operations are in full swing to save the needy people.

Nagapattinam is the worst-affected district in India with more than 4,300 people confirmed dead.

"Rescue workers and relief materials were sent here the same day tsunami hit this area, and (we) started the relief operation immediately," said Vivek Harinaram, coordinating commissioner forrelief in this town with a population of 140,000.

He told Xinhua that 96 camps have been set up here with 90,000 people being settled down. In Tamil Nadu, a total of 382 relief centers and camps were established.

"We are making sure that all the affected people here must haveclothes and food to survive this critical moment, and it seems thework is done successfully," the chief relief official said.

He also said the government has decided to disburse cash, clothes and essential commodities to those affected families. The package to each family includes clothes, bed sheets, three liters of kerosene, 60 kg rice, and 4,000 Rupees of cash, half for essential goods and half for temporary huts building.

Teams comprising officials from various departments, including Revenue, Fisheries, Electricity, Police, Fire Service, Transport and Health, have been sent to various zones to help local residents go back to normal life.

Aside from the relief materials from the central and state governments, voluntary organizations were sending their supplies and donations as well, he added. The Red Cross, UNICEF and other international organizations were also actively involved in the relief work.

On the economic losses due to the tsunami devastation, he said around 90 percent of the fishing boats of this town have been destroyed or damaged, dealing a deadly blow to local economy whichmainly relies on the fishing industry.

The government has decided to grant 20,000 Rupees for replacingboats and 10,000 for catamarans. Meanwhile, some fishermen would get 15,000 Rupees each to repair their boats so that they can rebuild their normal life.

Source: Xinhua


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