The continuous rain in the district, following the threat and retreat of cyclone ‘Ward’, has not ceased.

The District Collector C. Munianathan inspected areas in Tharangambadi, Thalanchangadu, Ananthamangalam, Sirkazhi, Semmangudi, Thirummullaivasal, Vettangudi, Pazhayapalayam, Kodaikaranmoolai, Aachalpuram and Kodiampalayam on Tuesday to ascertain the impact of rain and the flood situation.

The incessant rains could spell loss for the Samba crops that are on boot-leaf stage. Continued rain and non-drainage of week-long rain logged fields would cause empty grains forcing loss of productivity for farmers.

Over 1,38,000 ha of cultivable area was under Samba and Thaladi cultivation during the current year. This was over and above the usual area of 1,02,000 ha under Samba cultivation. This included the shortfall of Kuruvai area that has been brought under Samba Cultivation.

Further, municipalities would look into drainage efforts in flooded and water-logged areas. Mr. Munianathan also inspected ration shops at Thirumullaivasal to ascertain rice availability. Additionally, all fair price shops have been directed to hold adequate stock of essential commodities. Primary Health Care Centres were inspected at Thirumullaivasal and Kollidam to ascertain availability of health care workers.

All department officials have been directed to look into flood control measures. Deputy Collectors have been designated as Zonal Officers inspect flood control measures

Further, the district administration has sought funds from the State government for mending roads damaged in the torrential rain in the district. Road works would be taken up immediately after the rain. The 24-hour flood-control room that was under operation on a toll free number-1077 and 04365-253048 could be used to ascertain the flood situation.

A. Annadurai, District Revenue Officer, was present during the inspection.