Special Correspondent

Training programme on disaster management

NAGAPATTINAM: The district administration will draft a comprehensive action plan to prevent the impact of natural calamities caused by cyclone or floods during the onset of monsoon.

Speaking at a special training programme on disaster management, organised under the United Nations Development Project for the benefit of government officials and representatives of non-governmental organisations at the Collectorate here on Tuesday, Collector Jayaraman said that the district is vulnerable to natural calamities during monsoon. The whole district was hit when Nisha cyclone struck last year. The state government distributed Rs.75 crores as compensation for the huts damaged in the cyclone. The district administration has sent a proposal worth Rs.200 crores to undertake various rehabilitation measures.

Floods have been a recurring menace during the months of November and December. It has been planned to undertake a survey to collect the details of standing agricultural crop and cattle in each and every village by September 30 every year.

Information on active boats will also be enumerated. The administration will ban fishing activities by spreading nets in water sources at the places where they merge into the sea between September and December to ensure free flow of water.

He said measures would be taken to desilt the water sources by removing the water hyacinth and kattamanakku under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme. This will prevent breaches in rivers and canals, which cause heavy floods. The Collector urged the officials and the NGOs to give their suggestions to check loss of lives and property during natural calamities. The government will study these suggestions and implement them.

The District Revenue Officer, A. Annadurai, District Revenue Officer (tsunami and rehabilitation), S. Kuppusamy, Disaster Management Project Officer, Veeramani, spoke.