Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government said on Monday it has released a total relief of 700 crore that will be credited to the bank accounts of 1.4 million families affected by the recent Chennai floods.

The relief amount was provided on Monday, chief minister J. Jayalalithaa said in a press statement. The next tranche of funds will be disbursed on 11 January.

A database of 1.4 million families has been prepared and, chief minister J. Jayalalithaa said, “The relief amount, as announced by me, will be given immediately to them."

The state government had earlier announced that each family that had lost their hut in the floods will get a financial aid of 10,000, including a special relief amount of 5,000. Additionally a dhoti and sari along with 10 kg of rice will be given. Families affected by the floods will get 5,000 and the additional relief measure.

Close to half a million huts were fully or partially damaged and 2.5 million houses affected by the floods.

Just over three million families are eligible to get rice, dhotis and saris from the public distribution system (PDS) as relief. Affected families need to produce proof of their PDS family card and bank pass book before February-end.

Heavy rains between 1 October and 31 December wreaked a havoc in Tamil Nadu, leaving 470 people dead. Of them the families of 245 have received a relief amount of 4 lakh each so far.

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