EPS visits flood-hit areas in Erode, inspects relief works

Chennai: Chief Minister Edapppadi K Palaniswami today visited the flood-hit areas at Bhavani in Erode and inspected the relief works. He also interacted with officials and residents of the area.

Due to incessant rians for the past few days, there is heavy flooding at Bhavani. Water entered several residential areas. Normal life has come to standstill at many places.

This morning, Palaniswami visited flood-hit areas Kumarapalayam, Pallipalayam and Karungalpalayam apart from Bhavani in the district. Later, he held consultations with government officials at the tourist bungalow there.

During his visit, he interacted with villagers who wanted the Chief Minister to provide them with immediate assistance. He assured them immediate action.

Speaking to reporters, the Palaniswami said, “Following south West monsoon, there is heavy flooding and dams are full in the State and neighbouring States. A total of 263 houses were damaged and 2,335 people have been taken to 67 relief camps. Children are given bread and milk, while women are provided with sanitary napkins at the camps. Electric supply has been provided with the help of generators. Toilet facilites are also provided at these camps.”

Permanent houses will be constructed for those who lost their homes due to the flood, the Chief Minister added.

Meanwhile, with the outflow from the Bhavanisagar dam falling to 20,000 cusecs on Saturday evening, a semblance of normalcy returned to Sathy, where houses had been submerged and fields with standing crop inundated.

However, Bhavani and its surroundings remained badly hit. In Namakkal and Salem districts, people shifted from low-lying areas spent the seventh day in shelters.