Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Saturday announced Rs 6,000 cash aid to people affected by Cyclone Michaung.

The assistance to people whose livelihoods were affected by the cyclone would be paid in cash by the government at the ration shops, the government said in an official release. Also, relief under other categories would be increased, including compensation for flood-hit crops.

The Chief Minister's announcement followed a high-level meeting chaired by him at the Secretariat, reviewing damage due to floods and the relief to be provided to the affected people.

A government press release said MK Stalin ordered increase in the compensation for rain-hit crops (33 per

cent and above) including paddy, from Rs 13,500 per hectare to Rs 17,000.

If perennial crops and trees were affected, the compensation per hectare would be hiked to Rs 22,500 per hectare from Rs 18,000.

For rain-fed crops, the compensation would be increased to Rs 8,500 from Rs 7,410 per hectare. The aid to the kin of those who died in rain-related incidents due to the cyclone would be increased to Rs 5 lakh from Rs 4 lakh.

The assistance for damaged huts will now be Rs 8,000 from Rs 5,000.

Earlier this week, Cyclone Michaung, a severe cyclonic storm, unleashed its fury on Chennai and parts of Andhra Pradesh, causing widespread destruction and chaos.
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