Respite from rain in southern districts; leaders of various political parties visit affected areas
Tuticorin: A total of 44 huts collapsed and 131 buildings were partially damaged in rain in the district during the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 a.m. on Monday.
Official sources said that so far, 287 huts/buildings had collapsed and 435 structures were partially damaged in the rain during last 10 days.
However, there was a respite from rain during daytime on Monday giving relief to the commuters, who faced severe hardship for the past week, owing to bad state of roads and drainages.
Collector R Palaniyandi said that indemnity at the rate of Rs.4,000 per hectare would be distributed to paddy farmers who were affected by the heavy rain. He said that of the 14,079 ha under paddy cultivation, crop raised on 4,691.14 ha was destroyed.
The productivity loss was estimated at 32,610 tonnes worth Rs.26.08 crore.
He said that it had been assessed that chilly crop raised on 7,154 ha in the district was submerged. “The quantum of loss is being evaluated.”
The founder of Akila Indhiya Samathuva Makkal Katchi, R. Sarath Kumar, and the president of Pattali Makkal Katchi, G. K. Mani, visited many rain-affected areas.
Meanwhile, Tiruchendur MLA Anitha Radhakrishnan submitted a memorandum to the Collector urging him to ensure that crop damages were estimated correctly and relief distributed. Adequate compensation should be given to salt producers who had suffered heavy losses.
Even as there was no rain in Kanyakumari district on Monday the sky remained overcast. The maximum rainfall of 77.7 mm was recorded at Puthen dam followed by 77.6 in Surulode, 77.5 in Aralvoimozhi, 77.4 in Perunchani, 68.4 in Myladi, 67.2 in Nagercoil, 65.5 in Kannimar, 54 in Chittar I and 52 in Chittar II. The water level in Pechipparai dam stood at 31.40 feet against the total capacity of 48 feet, 43.40 feet in Perunchani (77 feet), 4.20 feet in Chittar I (18 feet) and 4.30 feet in Chittar II (18 feet).