TAMIL NADU

Paddy crop in 13,927 hectares inundated in Nagapattinam

NAGAPATTINAM: The week-long torrential rain has inundated paddy crop in an estimated area of 13,927 hectares in Nagapattinam district, with Sirkazhi, Kollidam and Sembanarkovil being the worst affected.

About 1,350 cusecs of water was flowing through the Melayur Check Dam. If the rain continued like this for two more days, the crops would be lost, farmers fear.

Collector C.Munianathan inspected the drainage of water at the Kaliappanallur Manjalaru channel and inundated fields at Aakorru-Mukootu, Pandaravaadai, Thalachangadu, Melayur, Sirkazhi, Perundhottam, Sithai, Neythal Vaasal, Keezhayur and Thiruvenkaadu.

At Tharangambadi, he visited the point of confluence of Nandalaru and Kannapan Moolai Channel to inspect the draining of flood water.

Further, to contain the situation, the Public Works Department has stocked 2.33 lakh sand bags and 1,700 casuarina logs. Efforts are under way to drain water that has logged in low-lying areas. A 24-hour control room for flood-related information is operational at the Collectorate on the phone number 1077.

About 124 km of roads belonging to the Public Works Department and 52 minor bridges were damaged in the torrential rain. It has damaged 14 houses too. Two persons reportedly injured in wall collapses were provided with an assistance of Rs.2,500. Further, 23 cattle were reportedly killed. The Collector has directed the payment of compensation.

Meanwhile, several parts of Nagapattinam district continued to receive intermittent rain on Sunday. The major amount of rainfall recorded in various parts of the district till 8.30 a.m. on Sunday were as follows: Tharangambadi 110.50 mm, Mayiladuthurai 160.60 mm, Thalainayar 123.40 mm, Thiruthiraipoondi 171 mm, Sirkazhi 236 mm, Nagapattinam 114.80 mm, Vedaranyam 55.60 mm, Kollidam 181 mm, Manalmedu 117.80 mm. The district recorded an average rainfall of 141.19 mm.

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