North East Monsoon brings copious rains to TN
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 01, 2011, 19:08
Chennai: The active North-East monsoon continued to bring copious rains to Tamil Nadu with forecast of more rain as Chief Minister Jayalalithaa deputed ministers to review the rain-preparedness activities in 12 districts.

While there has been no significant damage caused in the ongoing monsoon, the Chief Minister today directed Ministers to review the preparedness in 12 coastal districts of the state, except Chennai, a government press release here said.

Jayalalithaa deputed cabinet colleagues including Ministers C Ve Shanmugam, BV Ramana and R Vaithilingam among others to coastal districts such as Villupuram, Tiruvallore, Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Cuddalore and Tirivarur.

Meanwhile, the regional Met office said the North East monsoon, which brings the bulk of rain to Tamil Nadu and which set in over the state last week, was 'active' and forecast further heavy rainfall in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Sirkali and Pamban received a maximum of 9 CM,according to observations at 0830 hrs, while Chennai received 6.4 MM.

Following a good south-west monsoon, most water bodies and dams have good storage. The north-east monsoon has brought in copious rains, resulting in rivers and other storage bodies reaching their maximum levels.

Standing crops in Cauvery delta districts including Tanjore and Tiruchirappally, Tuticorin and Tirunelveli were damaged in heavy rains and resultant inundation of fields.

A Cuddalore report said over 10,000 hectares of paddy crop were submerged in heavy rains in Chidambaram, Kattumannarkovil and Kurinjipadi taluks in the district while lignite excavation at Neyveli Lignite Corporation was affected.

Besides, about 3,000 hectares of black gram crop had been submerged in Chidambaram, V Govinda Rajan, Agricultural Officer of Chidambaram said.

G Ganesan,Deputy General Manager (Mines) NLC, said lignite excavation in three mines had been affected for the past three days as they were partly submerged.

PMK founder Dr S Ramadoss urged the government to press the Centre to ensure compensation for farmers.


First Published: Tuesday, November 01, 2011, 19:08

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