More plantations damaged in Alangudi division

Cyclone Yaas damages 650-plus ha of banana plantations in Kanyakumari

According to Revenue and Management Minister K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran, the Indian government is looking at a two-pronged approached to disaster management in Kanyakumari district. The minister responded to questions on compensating affected people and fixing damages caused by the heavy rains caused by Cyclone Yaas in Kanyakumari district on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“We are looking at short-term measures such as financial requirements and works to be carried out to repair the damages and long-term measures to avert such damages in future,” he told timesofindia.indiatimes.com.

Ramachandran, who inspected the rain-affected areas on Thursday evening, told reporters that they inspected three places including two where there were major tank bund breaches. The minister and team will visit a few more affected places on Friday.

Thehindu.com reported on Alangudi, an administrative division of Pudukkottai district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.  Strong winds that accompanied this week’s rain destroyed several banana plantations in various villages in the Alangudi division. An official of the Horticulture Department said banana plantations were damaged in Vadakadu, Alangadu, Mangadu, Pullanviduthi and Keezhathur villages owing to sudden downpour accompanied by heavy winds.

The official said the extent of damage caused to the plantations in the affected villages was being assessed jointly by field-level Horticulture and Revenue Department officials. After assessment a preliminary report would be submitted to the department higher ups for onward submission to the District Collector.


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