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Relief materials `abandoned'

By Our Special Correspondent

SALEM, DEC. 30. A few organisations and individuals who brought materials to the Salem Collectorate had to abandon them on the premises alleging that there was no proper response from the officials concerned.

A Government spokesman, however, denied the charges saying that the materials were accepted and registered.

The Salem Tahsildar, Chandrasekaran, told The Hindu that a team of officials were working in the special counter at the Taluk office to receive the contributions.

"We now have four lorry loads of materials to be despatched to the affected areas. All of them have been properly registered," he added.

Donations pour in

Relief materials continue to pour in for the tsunami victims here today.

Various organisations and individuals brought Demand Drafts for the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund and others essentials for the victims.

Rotary Clubs of Salem and Omalur donated medicines and food items worth Rs. 1.50 lakhs, said the president-elect, Velayutham Ravindran, here. The Small Mine Owners Association handed over a DD for Rs. 1 lakhs to the Collector. The president of the United Farmers' Association, Tamil Nadu, C. Vaiyapuri, donated a sum of Rs. 5,000. Others who submitted DDs to the Collector were Salem District Timber, Bricks and Bamboo Merchants Association (Rs. 22,000), Bharath Petroleum Dealers Association (Rs. 1.30 lakhs), Physical Education teacher N. Vaiyapuri (Rs. 25,000), Veerapandi Union Chairman, S. Kuppusamy (Rs. 25,000) and Sharptronics (Rs. 25,000).

According to the organisers of the Salem unit of the Pasumai Thayagam Kshthriya, Sekar and Arul, a lorry load of new utensils, clothes, mats, bed-sheets, dress materials, rice and dhal worth about Rs. 2 lakhs had been despatched to the affected areas today.

Doctors rush

Teams of doctors and paramedical staff with medicines from Sundaram hospital, SPMM Hospital and Sri Gokulam Hospital were rushed to the affected areas. Lotus, an orphanage in Swarnapuri, offered to adopt 10 children, who were orphaned in the calamity.

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