Madurai

‘Low-lying areas prone to flooding have to be identified’

Collector M. Pallavi Baldev

Collector M. Pallavi Baldev  

Official machinery should be ready ahead of northeast monsoon: Collector

“In view of the northeast monsoon season, low-lying areas prone to flooding have to be identified and camps should be kept ready for shifting people living in those areas. It should be ensured that the natural disaster management control room is equipped with enough wireless connections so that people can get in touch with rescue teams if needed. Likewise, the Public Works Department and local bodies should make sure that the tanks and waterbodies that come under their control are free of breaches and in case breaches occur, sand bags should be kept ready to plug and arrest water flow,” said Collector M. Pallavi Baldev here on Tuesday.

Holding an elaborate meeting with officials from various departments such as the PWD, revenue, highways, police, health, animal husbandry, TANGEDCO and fire and rescue services, the Collector discussed the steps to be taken to face the ensuing monsoon.

The Collector directed officials from the health department to stock enough chlorine apart from life-saving drugs and medicines to prevent any outbreak and spread of water-borne diseases and to keep ready mobile clinics/ambulances.

She urged trained rescuers of the fires and rescue services to be on high alert. “The district administration will also identify school buildings, community halls and wedding halls that can be made as camps for people if evacuated from flooding areas,” she said.

Block Development Officers and Agriculture Engineering Officers were directed to identify on sources for pump sets, generators and sawing machines used for cutting trees, so that they can be used during emergency situations.

At the meeting, the Collector announced that the public may call toll-free numbers 1077, 04546-261093 and 9487771077 to air their grievances relating to rain and flood. They may also use the TNSMART app.

The meeting was attended by Superintendent of Police V. Baskaran, District Revenue Officer S. Kandasamy, District Forest Officer S. Gautham, DRDA Project Director P. Thilagavathy, Revenue Divisional Officers S. Jeyapreetha and M. Santhi, Assistant Collector (training) S. Balachander, Assistant Commissioner of Police R. Raja, District Supply Officer E. Kathyayani, District Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare Officer M. Murugaselvi, BDOs and EOs of town panchayats.

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