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Temporary shelters in Nagapattinam inspected

By Our Staff Reporter

NAGAPATTINAM, APRIL 11. The Collector, J. Radhakrishnan, accompanied by officials of various Government departments today inspected the temporary shelters of tsunami victims in Nagapattinam town, Seruthur and Velankanni following the second spell of rain in Nagapattinam and Velankanni areas yesterday and today.

The Collector instructed the officials to take steps to see that the rainwater did not enter the temporary shelters as many of them were inundated in the heavy rains during the first week of this month.

Mr. Radhakrishnan told The Hindu that the inmates in the temporary shelters were shifted to nearby schools and marriage halls.The Collector said that he had deputed senior officials including Ranvir Prasad, Additional Collector, Baskaran, District Revenue Officer, Kirlosh Kumar, Sub-Collector of Mayiladuturai and P. Umanath, Sub-Collector, Nagapattinam to various coastal areas such as Nagapattinam, Tharangampadi, Poompuhar and Pazhayar to ascertain the condition of the people staying in temporary shelters.

Rain continues

Meanwhile, Nagapattinam town and its neighbouring areas, including Velankanni, Nagore and Keevalur, experienced moderate to heavy rains for about two hours for the second consecutive day today. This second spell of rain has almost removed the salinity in the tsunami-affected agricultural lands in these areas.

Several places in the district have received the rainfall ranging from 25 mm to 60 mm in the last 24 hours till 8.30 this morning.

A top official of the Agriculture department told that the farmers could bring back their tsunami-hit lands to the normal cultivation level, if they carried out ploughing within a week and applied green manure.

Plea for permanent shelters

The Nagore unit of the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK) has urged the Government to take steps for constructing permanent houses to the tsunami-affected families in the district before the commencement of the Northeast monsoon.

M. Muhammed Rafiq, president of the Nagore town unit of TMMK, in a statement today, has said that the temporary shelters built for the tsunami victims had damaged within three months.

The TMMK held a meeting recently at Nagore and adopted several resolutions, which included a request to the BSNL urging to waive rental charges for six months for the phones in the tsunami-hit areas and concession in power tariff by the TNEB in tsunami-hit areas in Nagapattinam district.

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