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Rs. 13.68 crores sought as flood relief

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Roads, irrigation systems and crops suffer damage

Namakkal: The district administration has sought Rs. 13.68 crores from the State Government as flood relief.

According to a release from the Namakkal Collector, V.M. Xavier Chrisso Nayagam, roads, irrigation systems and crops in several hundred hectares and public infrastructure facilities had suffered heavy damage in the torrential rain that lashed the district since Tuesday.

The Public Works Department had sought Rs. 1.65 crores to reinforce the weakened lake bunds and restore the irrigation systems. The State Highways Department had put damages to the roads at Rs. 2.90 crores.

Infrastructure

The District Rural Development Agency put the loss at Rs. 6.61 crores.

The Namakkal Municipality has sought a sum of Rs. 1.48 crores to restore the damaged infrastructure facilities in the town, the release said.

A detailed report about the damages had been sent to the State Government.

The release further said damage to the crops were yet to be assessed. Crops such as sugarcane and paddy in many parts of the district, particularly in Paramathivelur block, were still under a sheet of water.

Water being drained

The crop damage could be assessed only after draining water from the fields completely. Hence, agriculture and horticulture officials had initiated efforts to drain the water and assess the damage.

Traffic to the Kolli Hills, which remained affected since November 23, was restored. Buses were operated from Namakkal town since Sunday night, it said.

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