Rs. 25 crores for flood relief

Special Correspondent

CUDDALORE: The Tamil Nadu Government has sanctioned Rs. 25 crores to Cuddalore district for immediate relief work in the flood-affected areas, according to Gagandeep Singh Bedi, District Collector.

A total of 250 agricultural officers, including 12 Assistant Directors, have come from Chennai to assess the crop damage. They would fan out to 13 affected panchayat unions to gather the details, and submit a report to the district administration by December 6.

Mr. Bedi told presspersons here on Saturday that the following works had been taken up: strengthening the left bank of the Kollidam at Chinnakaraimedu (Rs. 12.50 lakhs) and the right bank of the Malattar at Karikkankuppam Colony (Rs. 2.25 lakhs), and

repairing the Velakudi-Jayakondampattinam road, Vallampadugai-Erukkalkattupadugai Road, and other roads at Nandimangalam and Adi Dravidar Colony (Rs 1.81 lakhs).

The western bund of the Veernam tank that had developed breaches was being set right on a war footing by the Public Works Department. The tank had received copious inflows due to the recent torrential rain and heavy discharge from the Coleroon. At one point of time, the storage touched the 50 ft mark, exceeding the maximum level of 47.5 ft.

Today's water level in the tank stood at 42.5 ft. There was no inflow, nor outflow. Even the tapping of water for Chennai ceased. Despite the opening of the surplus sluices, the tank surplussed for about two-three days in the recent past, resulting in breaches over a stretch of eight kilometres.

Mr. Bedi said these breaches were being plugged, and already a distance of over three km had been covered. Similarly, relentless efforts had been made to plug the breaches in the Paravanar, in the Vellar (near Kuppam Veeramudaiyan Nathan in Sethiathope block), Rajan Channel, Sathiavilagam Road in Keerapalayam Panchayat, Lalkarai Road and Pudhu Ayipettai.

Medical teams from Cuddalore and the Stanley Medical College had screened over 53,000 people for various ailments in 255 flood-affected villages.