The district administration has been geared up to take measures to contain flood-related damage during the northeast monsoon.

Addressing officials of various departments here on Tuesday, Collector V. Sampath said the northeast monsoon would set in by October. “Therefore, it has become imperative to initiate appropriate measures to reduce the impact of floods that might occur,” he said.

Mr. Sampath called upon officials of the Public Works Department to closely monitor all water sources, including irrigation canals, and remove all encroachments on them.

The officials should strengthen river banks and bunds to avert breaches.

Adequate number of sand bags should be kept ready to plug breaches that might develop despite best of efforts. The officials should identify marriage halls and schools in the flood-prone areas to help in accommodating people during floods.

Fire and Rescue personnel have been advised to keep all equipment ready to tackle exigencies. The Highways Department should mobilise considerable number of bulldozers and JCBs for removing trees that might get uprooted and block traffic.

The District Supply Officer had been instructed to keep adequate stocks of essential commodities so there would not be any dearth of food during floods. Officials of the Health and Animal Husbandry Departments have been asked to keep their inventory at a comfortable position as there might be enhanced demand for medicines during monsoon.

Mr. Sampath also told officials of Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation to instruct employees to be ready to attend any situation. A control room would be set up at the Collectorate to monitor flood situation round the clock. It could be reached by calling toll-free number 1077.

Personal Assistant to Collector (General) R. Priya, Revenue Divisional Officers Anusuyadevi and Jayachandran were present.