The Corporation has taken up special initiative for removing the water hyacinth in the Uyyakondan river and other water bodies in the city for ensuring free flow of storm water.

Incessant rain for the past few days and sharp showers on Sunday resulted in slow discharge of flood water in the low lying areas. The surplus discharge from the Koraiyar, Ariyar and Uyyakondan rivers reaches the Cauvery through the Puthur weir.

S. Sujatha, Mayor, accompanied by T. T. Balsamy, Corporation Commissioner, inspected the work on cleaning of hyacinth and Cholaganparai and Vayalur road. The Mayor urged the officials to employ additional workers for expeditious clearing of the vegetation.

Later the Mayor inspected the flood prevention works in Ilango street in Thyagaraja nagar in ward 60, where the banks of a local canal had weakened and were prone for developing breaches.

The Mayor also visited AUT Colony, Kudamuritti river, Ammayappa nagar and Puthur weir. She advised the officials to clear plastic wastes and old tyres especially in low lying areas.

People heaved a sigh of relief on Monday following let up in the showers. The following are the chief amounts of rainfall in the district in the last 24 hours that ended at 8 a.m. on Monday (in m.m.):

Pullambadi 167 m.m.; Nandiyar head 160 m.m.; Kallakkudi 135; Goldenrock 133; Tiruchi Junction 113; Musiri and Samayapuram 110 each; Pulivalam 108; Airport 106 ; Navalur Kuttapattu 102; Town 100; Thuvakudi 93.6; Lalgudi 87.4; Vathalai Anaicut 80.4; Chirugudi 75; Marungapuri 47; Manapparai 44.6; Ponnaniyar dam 41.2; Thuraiyur 34; Kovilpatti and Thattiengarpettai 24 each; Kuppampatti 20.