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Steps to tackle flood threat

By Our Staff Reporter

THENI, SEPT.24. With flooding of low lying areas in many parts of Theni district, owing to heavy downpour for the past three days, the district administration has taken all precautionary measures to tackle flood and to provide relief to the people in the event of a cyclone, if any, during the monsoon period.

Addressing a special meeting on precautionary measures to be taken in the event of a cyclone and flood, held here today, the Collector, Sunil Paliwal, said a control room-cum-emergency call centre, functioning round the clock, would be set up at the Collectorate immediately to monitor cyclone, and take up rescue operations quickly.

The people may pass information on calamities through the telephone number (04546) 255404. A police wireless set would be kept at the centre.

Ambasamudram, Govindanagaram, and Koduvilarpatti situated on the banks of the Periayar river in Theni taluk, Thamaraikulam near the Vararaha river in Periyakulam taluk, 11 villages, including Varushanadu, Dharamarajapuram Thangammalpuram, Sengulam, Ottani, Paluthu, Koonoor and Amachaiapuram on the banks of the Vaigai and Jakkampatti near the Nagalaru odai in Aundipatti taluk, Kugangani road across Silamalai and Devaram Road near Silamali and Kottakudi road across Poodhipuram in Bodinaickanur taluk and Erasakkanaickanur, Pannaipuram and T. Meenakshipuram near Thevaram in Uthamapalayam taluk were identified as vulnerable points.

While the Assistant Commissioner for Excise has been deputed as the monitoring officer for Theni taluk, the Backward Class Welfare Officer for Aundipatti, the District Adidravida Welfare Officer for Bodinaickanur, the Periyakulam RDO for Periyakulam and the Uthamapalayam RDO for Uthamapalayam taluks posted as the monitoring officers.

All village administrative officers and revenue inspectors were advised to remain at their headquarters.

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