B.Chandramohan, Monitoring Officer (disaster management), directed officials to handover compensation to people affected during the recent rainfall immediately.

He was speaking at a meeting to discuss the precautionary measures taken during the rains here on Monday. Four persons have lost their lives in the district due to rainfall in the last two months. A total of 21 cattle were killed and 278 houses suffered damages, including 30 houses which were completely damaged.

He urged the officials to coordinate relief operations. The PWD and DRDA officials should closely monitor water sources and take steps to prevent breaches. Weak banks of rivers should be strengthened and water stagnation should be attended to.

Round-the-clock presence of doctors should be ensured in government hospitals and primary health centres. In case of cattle death, post mortem should be done immediately. The overhead water tanks should be maintained properly and chlorinated. The heads of various departments should remain in the headquarters till the monsoon ends. Jayashree Muralidharan, Collector, presided over the meeting. P.Manikkam, DRO, M.Santhosh Kumar, project director, DRDA, P.Balasubramanian, Executive Engineer, PWD, T.Mohanasundaram, joint director, health services, were present.

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