The minister, accompanied by Union MoS in PMO V Narayansamy, said they would brief the PM and finance minister about the damage. The quantum of relief will be decided thereafter, Chidambaram said. The government, which has pegged the losses at R2,500 crore following an initial estimate, has asked the Centre for an equivalent amount of relief.
Villagers complained to Chidambaram about the poor relief work, saying even drinking water was still in short supply. The villages located on the periphery are among the worst affected areas — 90% of them do not have power even now.