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Central team takes stock of damage

Tamil Nadu Bureau

Continues inspection in Kanyakumari, Thanjavur and other districts

SPOT STUDY:The Central team members inspecting the flood damage at Kalupalam in Kanyakumari district on Sunday.

THANJAVUR/NAGERCOIL: The Central team, which has been assessing the extent of crop and infrastructure damage in the recent rain for the last two days, continued its inspection of parts of Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Thanjavur districts on Sunday.

In Thanjavur, farmers across villages in Thanjavur, Orathanadu and Pattukottai taluks sought to impress upon the team the magnitude of loss of samba paddy crops.

The Thanjavur district administration had put the total loss to roads, houses and other structures at Rs.129 crore. Besides, the rain had caused havoc and damaged paddy crops in about 27,695 hectares and horticultural crops in about 100 ha.

The team led by L.Viswanathan, Joint Secretary in the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, along with its member A.Muralidharan, Senior Research Officer of the Union Planning Commission, was shown the damage in a presentation by Collector M.S.Shanmugam.

In the Collector's estimate, about 7,800 houses, mostly huts, were either partially or fully damaged in the rains in the district and about 500-km length of highway roads badly affected. Paddy crops in several parts of the district were also damaged owing to heavy inundation due to the continuous rain for 10 days.

The team first visited Shenbagapuram village near Saliyamangalam and inspected the damaged culvert before surveying crop losses in Vadapathi, Periyakottai, Tirumangalakottai, Kulamangalam in Orathanadu taluk.

The team also visited Pattukottai and Madukkur blocks for an assessment of agricultural loss, houses, culverts and roads. Mr. Viswanathan and team member A. Muralidharan told The Hindu that they would submit the team's report to the Centre at the earliest. They would discuss the damage with the State government officials in Chennai on Monday before submitting their report to the Centre.

In Kanyakumari, the three-member Central team comprising Director-in-charge of Department of Agriculture K.Manoharan, Superintending Engineer of Central Water Resource Commission R.Thangamani and Superintending Engineer of Central Road Transport Department Digvijay Mishra inspected the rain-affected areas and gathered feedback from farmers in Vilavadi channel (Erachakulam) for the second successive day.

The team inspected road damage and breaches in channels at Saicode, Pulippanam near Swamiramadam, Cherucol, Pillaipethar check dam, Kannanur near Thiruvattar, Ezuthesam (Vaikkaloor) in Vilavancode taluk and other rain-affected areas in the district.

Addressing reporters later, the team members said that the district administration needed about Rs.130 crore for the temporary restoration work (as per the official sources) and Rs.500 crore for the permanent restoration works in the rain-affected areas in different parts of the district.

Principal Secretary and Commissioner for Revenue Administration N.Sundaradevan, Senior Officer Sunil Paliwal, who had been deputed to monitor the relief work in the district by the government, and District Collector Rajendra Ratnoo accompanied the Central team.

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