Coastal districts

Sunk by negligence

Print edition : December 25, 2015

A submerged road in Tuticorin on November 23. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

The Gedilam river flowing over a causeway in Cuddalore town. Photo: T. Singaravelou

The Gedilam river overgrown with juliflora trees and other shrubs choking the flow of water and contributing to the floods. Photo: T. Singaravelou

The Chengal Odai overgrown with naanal grass. Photo: T. Singaravelou

Surviving another calamity. In Visur after the floods. Photo: T. Singaravelou

All that remains of her house; in Kalgunam in Cuddalore district. Photo: T. Singaravelou

The island-mound between the Peria Odai and the Chinna Odai where 10 Dalit families lived. All the houses were washed away. Photo: T. Singaravelou

The Palar river, which witnessed water flow after a gap of 10 years. Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy

Flooded paddy fields in Kuchipalayam in Cuddalore district. Photo: T. Singaravelou

It is the same story in village after village of the coastal districts: rivers and lakes not desilted for years, bunds neglected and the existence of a thriving nexus between the official machinery and unscrupulous contractors.

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