Thenpennai in Spate, 15 Villages Hit

Many areas cut off after water released from Sathanur dam in Tamil Nadu; over 30 Narikurava families affected due to flooding

Published: 26th November 2015 04:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th November 2015 04:49 AM   |  A+A-


PUDUCHERRY: Over 15 villages were affected as the Thenpennai was in spate on Wednesday, following the release of water from Sathanur dam.

Sources said water was released from the dam located in Tiruvannamalai district of Tamil Nadu, after issuing prior flood warning for Puducherry, Villuppuram and Cuddalore.

Sources said the villages located close to the Thenpennai were severely affected as one of its tributaries was in spate.

In some villages, the residents were cut off from the mainland and they had to travel over 10 km to reach the mainland.

In one of the villages, lives of 30 Narikurava families were hit by flooding.

Some of the affected villages are Sorappattu, Vinayagampattu, Andippalayam, Kumarappalayam, Kuyilappalayam, Sanyasikuppam, Kothapurinatham and Thiruvandarkoil, sources said.

Sources said 382 houses were damaged in the rains in the last two weeks. Three concrete houses and 279 mud houses were also among the affected ones.

The authorities have informed that compensation for damage to houses will be provided as per the revised norms. The next of kin of two persons, who died due to the rains, will also be provided with compensation.

As per a preliminary survey, the crops in nearly 2,600 hectares were damaged.

The officials of various departments are in the process of assessing the damages in various sectors. It will be compiled into a report for seeking Central assistance.

Chief Minister N Rangasamy said the assessment of damage caused by heavy rain in the last 10 days is on the verge of completion. He said on finalising the report, it would be sent to the Centre seeking assistance to undertake relief works.

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