TN CM assures aid for crop loss due to floods

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 Aug 2018 09:14:14



TAMIL Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Sunday assured compensation for crop loss due to the floods caused by heavy discharge of water from the State’s dams and permanent houses for the affected people.

The dams, including Mettur and Bhavanisagar, have been discharging huge volumes of water in view of continuing high inflows from Karnataka reservoirs including Krishnarajasagar.
The discharge has resulted in inundation of a slew of villages and submergence of standing crops along the banks of Cauvery, (its tributary Bhavani in Erode) in several districts of Tamil Nadu.

As the level in Vaigai dam in Madurai district touched 69 feet (maximum 71 feet), water was released from it on Sunday, officials said. Around 3,100 cusecs of water was being released from the dam, they added.
The officials said catchment areas of the dam were receiving heavy rains and the inflow into the dam was 3,333 cusecs and added a flood alert has been issued to five districts including Theni, Madurai, and Sivaganga.

“Presently, inflow into Bhavanisagar dam is 21,000 cusecs and discharge is 3,000 cusecs. From the Mettur reservoir the outflow is 2 lakh cusecs and the inflow is about 1.95 lakh cusecs,” Palaniswami said after inspecting flood-hit areas here.

Speaking to reporters after inspecting affected areas at Pallipalayam in Namakkal district, the Chief Minister said the inflow at Bhavanisagar dam has gone up to 31,000 cusecs and discharge stepped up to 15,000 cusecs.

“It will be 2.15 lakh cusecs when the waters reach Pallipalayam from Bhavanisagar and Mettur (about 2 lakh cusecs) reservoirs,” he said. To a query on water not reaching the tail-end regions of Cauvery delta despite excessive inflows, he said farmers in such areas will get water in one or two days and added that a team of officials were working on it.