Mayiladuthurai Prepares to Fight Kollidam Floods – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

MAYILADUTHURAI: “With possibilities of impending flooding in several villages in the district, the administration here is preparing for evacuation and relief measures,” District Collector R Lalitha said on Monday. Water dumped into the Kollidam from the Mettur Dam is expected to cross more than 1.25 lakh cusecs by Tuesday, and the administration is taking all necessary precautions to avoid an extreme flood-like situation, sources said.

R Lalitha, after inspecting the temporary reinforcement structures installed along the banks of the Kollidam in the village of Alakkudi in the Kollidam block, told reporters a possible increase of more than 1,80,000 cusecs in the coming days. “We are taking the necessary measures to deal with the risks. The backup team to stop breaches in vulnerable places is on standby.

Evacuation boats and relief camps are also ready. “According to officials, about 460 units of sand could be deposited in about 13 vulnerable places to reduce the effect of flooding, and about 25,000 units of sand are kept in reserve. About seven relief camps have been set up in the district, with crews from the police, fire department and state disaster response force preparing for possible rescue missions.

With the support of the Department of Fisheries, vessels like FRP motorized boats and rubber dinghies have been deployed in emergencies. As flooding has become a permanent phenomenon in the neighborhood, residents have urged relevant authorities to set up permanent storm shelters, with residents in extremely vulnerable areas demanding permanent relocation.

“We have sent proposals for storm shelters in at least two areas and another proposal for strengthening the banks of the Kollidam. We are also working on the permanent relocation of people from vulnerable areas,” said R Lalitha.

MAYILADUTHURAI: “With possibilities of impending flooding in several villages in the district, the administration here is preparing for evacuation and relief measures,” District Collector R Lalitha said on Monday. Water dumped into the Kollidam from the Mettur Dam is expected to cross more than 1.25 lakh cusecs by Tuesday, and the administration is taking all necessary precautions to avoid an extreme flood-like situation, sources said. R Lalitha, after inspecting the temporary reinforcement structures installed along the banks of the Kollidam in the village of Alakkudi in the Kollidam block, told reporters a possible increase of more than 1,80,000 cusecs in the coming days. “We are taking the necessary measures to deal with the risks. The backup team to stop breaches in vulnerable places is on standby. Evacuation boats and relief camps are also ready.” According to officials, about 460 units of sand could be deposited in about 13 vulnerable places to reduce the effect of flooding, and about 25,000 units of sand are kept in reserve. About seven rescue camps have been set up in the district, with crews from police, fire and state disaster response forces preparing for possible rescue missions. With the support of the Department of Fisheries, vessels like FRP motorized boats and rubber dinghies have been deployed in emergencies. As flooding has become a permanent phenomenon in the neighborhood, residents have urged relevant authorities to set up permanent storm shelters, with residents in extremely vulnerable areas demanding permanent relocation. “We have sent proposals for storm shelters in at least two areas and another proposal for strengthening the banks of the Kollidam. We are also working on the permanent relocation of people from vulnerable areas,” said R Lalitha.

Earnest A. Martinez