30,000 families affected in Kanyakumari: Official
A total of 30,000 families and 33 out of the 44 fishermen villages in Kanyakumari district had been affected by the deadly Tsunami.
Stating this, District Collector Ramesh Chand Meena told reporters in Nagercoil on Saturday that ten villages, including Colachel, Kotilpaud, Melamanakudy, Keezhamanakudy and Alikal, were the worst-hit.
Putting the toll in the district at 817, Meena said 499 of the deaths had occurred in Colachel and Kotilpaud areas.
The work on assessing the total loss suffered by the district would be completed within the next two to three days.
He said union surface transport ministry officials had already visited the district and inspected damage suffered by highways and bridges.
Two IAS officers had been posted to the district to assist the district administration in the relief works, the collector added.
District Superintendent of Police Ramasubramoni told reporters separately that a total of 2,000 police personnel, including CRPF and Tamilnadu Special Police, were assisting the relief and rehabilitation work.