Heavy downpour submerges paddy in 1000’s of acres in Thanjavur dist, Houses damaged in Coonor

A sudden downpour that lasted for around three hours in Thanjavur submerged several thousands of acres of paddy. The farmers were now involved in draining out the water from their fields on Wednesday.

While the district received a good spell of rain for the past couple of days due to Cyclone Mandous, a sudden downpour was witnessed for around three hours late on Tuesday. According to the official sources, Tiruvaiyaru received the maximum of 9.7 cm while Bhuthalur received 7.9 cm, Thirukattupalli 6.2 cm and Grand Anicut 4 cm rainfall.

Since there was heavy rains, the 20 to 40 days old samba nurseries submerged at Tiruvaiyaru, Vilangudi, Punavasal, Villiyanallur and the adjacent areas. Similarly, the heavy rains at Buthalur areas had submerged the paddy at Vendayampatti and Kotrapatti areas.

Farmers said that the irrigation canals were not properly desilted in the region and so the water inundated cultivable lands itself. The farmers who were involved in draining the water, demanded proper assessment and a compensation of Rs 20,000 per acre and warned that they would stage a series of protests for their demands.

“We are struggling to drain the water out and we removed the block in the irrigation canal with the help of earth movers. The canals are encroached and so the water fails to recede from the fields,’’ said R Ramachandran, district secretary of Agricultural Labourers Union

In Coonor, atleast 24 houses were partially damaged and five vehicles were washed away in flash flood , as heavy rain, accompained by gusty wind, lashed the Nilgiris district on tuesday night.

While the overnight downpour batters Kotagiri, Kundha and OOty Taluks as well, Coonoor Taluk, were landslides were recorded at 13 places , was the most affected.

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