Santhimandiram rehab centre, which is permitted to house only 73 people, was found to host 142 inmates, most of them elderly. Of the lot, 107 recently tested positive
The government has identified a total of 395 such villages out of which 54 are said to be in need of immediate rehabilitation.
A 60-year-old female elephant suffering from wounds that were left unnoticed in Pottalpudhur of Tenkasi was sent to a rehabilitation centre in Tiruchy on Sunday.
It was noticed that many deserving applicants were not getting adequate opportunity to get an appointment under the rehabilitation assistance scheme.