Special Correspondent

In several parts of Nagapattinam district: Collector

NAGAPATTINAM: The northeast monsoon rain in the last one month caused heavy damage to highway and rural roads in several parts of Nagapattinam district, said Tenkasi S.Jawahar, Collector, here on Saturday.

After inspecting the inundated areas in Vedaranyam and Thalainayar blocks, the Collector said that 55 villages in Vedaranyam, Kilvelur and Mayiladuturai taluks were affected and seven persons, including four men, one woman and two children, died.

Mr. Jawahar said that 240-km length of highway roads and 183-km stretch of panchayat roads estimated at Rs.10.30 crore were damaged.

Besides, the rain had damaged 175 water tanks and 41 culverts. In all, the district had incurred a total loss of Rs.12.50 crore.

The Collector said while the rain did not damage paddy, samba and thaladi paddy crops were affected on 1,077 hectares and kuruvai paddy crop only on 12 hectares.

Mr. Jawahar said that the standing samba paddy crop raised on 1.03 lakh hectares was in a good condition and transplantation of thaladi paddy crop was in full swing to cover the normal cultivation area of 30,000 hectares. The entire transplantation of thaladi paddy crop would be completed by end of this month. Meanwhile, water from the submerged samba and thaladi paddy fields had started receding in Thalainayar, Vedaranyam, Nagapattinam and Kilvelur blocks following a let-up in the rain since Saturday morning.

However, several parts of the district experienced widespread rain on Friday night with Kollidam recording the highest rainfall of 60 mm in the last 24 hours till Saturday morning.

Mayiladuturai, Vaitheeswarankovil, Sirkazhi, Nagapattinam, Velankanni and Thalainayar recorded 40 to 50 mm rainfall on Friday night.