Government officials carried out a survey to check the crop damage and many crops are still under water.

Rehabilitation in Cuddalore begins after heavy rains but reservoirs still need more waterImage: Floods at Cuddalore district/
news Friday, November 13, 2015 - 10:01

At least 32 people have lost their lives in Cuddalore district in Tamil Nadu due to heavy rains, according to government officials. The government has begun the rehabilitation process in the district, which is the worst affected in the state.

Government officials carried out a survey to check the crop damage and many crops are still under water.

In a meeting at the district collectorate with six other ministers, O Panneerselvam, Minister for Finance and Public Works said, “Among the 13 panchayat unions in the district, six were most affected. The six ministers would travel to all parts of the district and speed up the relief work”, according to TNIE report.

Electricity is being restored in these areas by TNEB.  Twenty-one deceased people’s families have been given Rs. 4 lakh each.

About 5120 people were evacuated from their villages due to the floods. Now, most of them are returning home.  Another official said, “The district administration is supplying food packages to 28,000 people every day.”

Four days after floods, Kalganum village in Cuddalore district is still facing problems due to the floods. Most of the houses were affected by the floods due to a breach in the Sengal canal. The floods have also disrupted the roads and electricity services in that area.

The Times of India reports total of 43 deaths in Tamil Nadu due to rainfall.

Even after such heavy rains in the state, water managers said that more water is required to fill up reservoirs across the state if Tamil Nadu has to meet the drinking water needs and for the crop season.  

Sources told TNIE that though rains have got good amount of water to the reservoirs but there has been depleting at a very fast pace.

The Chennai Corporation said on Wednesday that rainwater has failed to drain away from 598 places in the city. The rainwater even entered several households in Kolathur and Villivakkam in Chennai on Thursday.

The rains are expected to be similar to the last week in most parts of Chennai and other parts of the state if the low pressure system close to the Andaman Islands progresses, according to TNIE report.

According to IMD website, on Friday,it will be a cloudy day with thunderstorm or rain. The maximum and minimum temperatures are around 31 and 25 degree Celsius.

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