Proposal sent to government seeking Rs. 4,891 lakh for strengthening water sources, repairing roads
Collector R. Palanisamy has issued flood warning to people living along the Then Pennaiyar, the longest flowing river running through the taluks of Villupuram, Sankarapuram and Thirukkoilur.
Water level in the Sathanur dam on Saturday stood at 117 ft, against the maximum height of 119 ft, with an inflow of 2,523 cusecs and an outflow of 3,100 cusecs.
The heavy discharge from the dam has swelled the Then Pennaiyar and hence, the flood warning.
Storage in the Gomukhi (44 ft) and Manimuktha dams (34 ft) has touched the maximum, and 4,250 cusecs and 9,000 cusecs of water was being discharged from these two sources respectively.
Mr. Palanisamy told presspersons that people living close to stormwater canals of the Gomukhi and Manimuktha dams had been asked to move to safer places. They had also been asked to keep children and cattle away from the water sources.
The Nari odai at Ginjee was overflowing and the Highways Department had dumped sand bags there. The Vandipalayam section of NH-45 at Ulundurpet was damaged following heavy rain.
The lakes at Elavanasurkottai and Arasur breached inundating the nearby areas. These points were plugged with sand bags.
Of 829 lakes in the district, as many as 476 were full and the others getting substantial inflow.
In the Kallakurichi block, a total of 68 houses were partly damaged and 44 fully damaged. Crops such as banana, cassava, brinjal, chillies, herbs and flowers on 274 hectares were damaged.
A total of 24 villages in the four unions of Vanur, Marakkanam, Vikkiravandi and Thiruvennainallur were marooned and standing crop on 702 hectares were submerged.
The Collector also said a proposal had been sent to the government seeking a financial assistance of Rs. 4,891 lakh for strengthening the water sources and repairing roads.
Mr. Palanisamy urged people to avoid crossing overflowing bridges and causeways. He said till Saturday a total of 20 persons had died in rain-related incidents and 16 cattle heads lost in the floods.
Officials were closely monitoring the situation and initiating steps wherever necessary.
People could pass on rain-related information on the toll-free telephone number 1077, the Collector added.
District Revenue Officer S. Natarajan told presspersons that 15,000 food packets were distributed to people in flood-affected areas such as Ellappanpettai, Rasapettai, Arangamangalam, Kalgunam, Kolakudi, Rasakuppam, Boothangudi, Adur Agaram and Reddiyarpettai.
At Kanakkarapattu in Chidambaram block, V.Manickam (75) died in the floods.
In all, 167 huts were fully damaged and 57 huts partly damaged, he added.