Torrential rain floods Batticaloa, Ampaarai

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 March 2008, 14:23 GMT]
Continuous heavy rain fall for more than a week has resulted in flooding of low lying areas in Batticaloa and Ampaarai districts, officials said. Poaratheevupattu and Vellaave'li areas have been worst hit by the flood, and parts of many key roads have become impassable, according to officials.

Kampiyankaddu River has risen up to six feet from its usual depth of two feet, burst its banks and submerged the road between Mandoor and Aaanaikaddiyave'li disrupting traveling along the road.

The roads leading from Aaanaikaddiyave'li to Kaakkaachchiveaddai, Sinnavaththai Maalayankaddu have gone under water, the officials of Poaratheevupattu District Secretariat said. In Thumpankea’ni many houses have become flooded due to the underground water seeping through the earth and are on the verge of collapse, local residents said.

Officials said all roads within Manmunai South Eruvilpattu District Secretariat (DS) administrative area are heavily flooded, and parts of Batticaloa-Kalmunai road are under water. Many interior roads and lanes also have been affected by flash flood, DS officials said.

Ka’luvaagnchchikudi police station is located on Batticaloa –Kalmunai main road and closed for traffic. A gravel road constructed as an alternate route has become damaged making it impassable, local residents said. However, none of the civilians in the area have been displaced.

Since no proper drainage has been constructed in the region for more than twenty years the district is being continually affected during heavy rains and this has been brought to the attention of the Government Agent (GA) an official from Poaratheevupattu DS added.

Areas including Allayadiveambu, Akkaraippattu, and Addaa’laichcheanai have also been hit by flood. However, there has been no internal displacement of civilians from these areas, officials added.


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