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Crops Under Water, CM, Tourism Minister Inspect Affected Fields

The standing crops in several areas in Puducherry were severely affected by the rains over the last eight days.

Published: 27th October 2014 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th October 2014 07:54 AM   |  A+A-

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PUDUCHERRY: The standing crops in several areas were severely affected by the rains over the last eight days.

As a result, several crops, especially samba, in Bahour, Mannadipet, Nettapakkam, Thirukkanur, Ariyankuppam, Embalam got submerged in water.

Samba cultivation in nearly 2,000 hectares has been affected, according to V Chandrasekhar, president of Vaikal Neeraadhara Kootamaippu.

Most of the lakes and other water bodies were filled to the brim, as weathermen on Sunday predicted more rains.

Suggesting to the government to give adequate compensation to the farmers, Chandrasekhar urged the administration to provide the incentives, which have been pending for the last three years.

Chief Minister N Rangasamy on Sunday visited the rain-hit areas including Ouppalam, Ariyankuppam, Kanniyakoil, Bahour, Mannadipet, Nettapakkam, while Tourism Minister P Rajavelu inspected the rain-affected Embalam area. Meanwhile, one person was injured and 11 houses collapsed in nearby Thirukkanur due to the rain over the last week.

Sources said the wall of the house of Sekhar (27) collapsed in the early hours of Sunday, injuring his pregnant wife  Anasuya. She was admitted to the Government General Hospital for treatment. Ten other houses collapsed on Saturday night.

Pradesh Congress Committee leader Veeraraaghavan visited the flooded areas and sought immediate relief from the government for the affected.

AIADMK Puducherry unit secretary P Purushothaman demanded that the government disburse `5,000 as relief to each ration cardholder and slammed the government for not taking any step in that regard.

He also said that the Health Department too had not taken any effort  to prevent the spread of dengue fever.



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