50 Irular families stranded in Tamil Nadu
Chennai. In the remote Kadal Kanniyur village, about 7 km from Pulicat Lighthouse, around 50 Irular families are stranded and starving for the past one week. His village has been flooded with water. The situation in the villages around Pulicat Lake has worsened due to the strong current in the Arani river. A huge amount of flood water is also coming out of the Pichtoor Dam in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, adding to the problems of the residents.
A villager told that the people of this village lack basic facilities like proper toilets and housing. The village is secluded and currently cut-off. We have no electricity for four days. Power was restored and again cut off for an hour on Saturday evening. There is no food and no clean drinking water. We depend on coconuts from some trees of the area to quench our thirst. No help has come yet. This has been a situation of no work or no food for many people.
No work since the onset of monsoon
A woman working in the household said that there has been no work or income since the onset of monsoon. Houses in the village were built in 2007 by the German Christian charitable organization Kindernothilf. About 32 Irular families were resettled here, but over the years this number has increased to 50, leading to space constraints. Open defecation is another major problem of the sector. Due to lack of toilet facilities, they are forced to defecate in the open. However, toilets were built in 2018-19 under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
Villagers said that the toilets remained half-baked and did not have drainage or water connection facilities. All the roads leading to the village have been flooded. Ponneri MLA Durai Chandrashekhar said that many villages of Pulicat are in flood. I will ensure that relief material reaches Kadal Kanniyur at the earliest.