A landslide disrupted traffic on the busy Ooty-Coonoor national highway on Monday.
Though there was no rain a sizeable chunk of land below Sathya Sai Nagar along the highway suddenly came down with a lot of vegetation including a tree early in the morning.
Fortunately there were no vehicles or pedestrians at the spot when the slide occurred.However since the tree fell on an overhead electric line power supply to some areas was hit.
Traffic was diverted via Lovedale and Kotagiri till the road was cleared by fire and rescue services personnel and others.
The incident subjected commuters including many office goers to considerable inconvenience.
The spot is being studied by the authorities concerned to establish the cause of the landslide.
Having been battered by torrential rains accompanied by howling winds and bitter cold over the last few days, many parts of the Nilgiris including Ooty and Coonoor experienced marginally better weather on Monday.
Since the mercury started ascending and the rains were only intermittent there was not much difficulty in the people going about their routine work.
During the 24 hour period ending 8.30 a.m. on Monday Coonoor recorded 77 mm of rainfall, Burliar: 65mm, Kotagiri: 59mm and Ketti: 25mm.