Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said the state had already received rainfall in excess of what it gets during the entire north-east monsoon.

Addressing the inter-ministerial central team led by Joint Secretary in the Union Home Ministry TVSN Prasad, she said the requirement of funds for relief and restoration of infrastructure was 'well beyond the resources available with the state'.

"I, therefore, request the central team to make an in-depth assessment of the damages suffered by the state and to submit its report to the Ministry of Home Affairs expeditiously, so that the Government of India would be able to release central financial assistance without any delay", she said.

"You will also be able to see the exemplary rescue and relief work which was undertaken by the state agencies," she added. A copy of her address was released to the media.

The state on the whole has already received rainfall of 483.6 mm which was higher than the total rainfall it receives during the entire north-east monsoon season, which was 440.40mm which went up to December, she said.

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