With several parts of Nagapattinam district continuing to receive moderate to heavy rainfall, three relief centres started functioning in the district on Friday, two in Sirkazhi and one in Tharangambadi to accommodate about 1,000 people displaced by water-logging.
A 60-year-old farmer, Kaliyaperumal, was electrocuted while trying to drain water from his field at Manalkaram in Tiruvarur district.
Large tracts of samba paddy crop, most of them directly sown, remained submerged across the district.
The Sirkazhi block continued to bear the brunt of the rainfall, recording 139.6 mm during the 24-hour period till 8.30 a.m.on Friday. Relief centres were opened for providing food and shelter to people at Vaitheeswarankovil area and at Thirumullaivasal. People in Sirkazhi had a respite from rainfall during the course of the day, infusing hope among officials that the situation could be managed.
The third relief centre was opened at Gandhi Nagar in Tharangambadi block after a housing colony was inundated due to a breach at a canal at Thalachangadu.
The district administration has deployed earthmovers to clear the Tirunagari canal. Accompanied by Collector C.Suresh Kumar, Handlooms and Textiles Minister O.S. Manian took stock of the situation in water-logged locations.
Samba and thalady paddy crops on an estimated 40,000 hectares have been inundated in the district, Agriculture Department sources said.
In Nagapattinam block, the official machinery devoted its attention on deepening parts of the Harishchandra river and knocking down the sandbars in the estuary for draining rainwater into the sea.
The impact of the rainfall was not felt much in Vedaranyam, Kuthalam and Mayiladuthurai blocks, officials said.
The following is the chief amount of rainfall recorded in various parts of the district during the 24-hour period ending at 8.30 a.m. on Friday (in mm): Kollidam - 87 mm, Mayiladuthurai - 75.1, Manalmedu - 71.20, Nagapattinam - 51, Tharangambadi - 51, Vedaranyam - 45.4, Tirupoondi - 24.4, and Talaignayar - 12.6.
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