All primary, high and higher secondary schools including government, aided, private and matriculation schools in Dindigul and Theni districts would be closed on Monday owing to heavy rains, Collectors M. Vallalar and P. Muthuveeran have announced here on Sunday.
Rain continued to lash out in the district since Sunday morning. Road connectivity to many villages was snapped owing to flood in major rivers and streams. Large stretch of road was damaged owing to massive landslide on Sirumalai Hill. Traffic was also disrupted in some parts of the district. Farmers at several villages on upper Kodaikanal Hill have been struggling to transport vegetables as trees fell on prime roads paralysing mobility of vehicles. Traffic was closed on Thandigudi and Adalur main roads since morning owing to massive landslide at certain pockets. Buses were not operated to villages on this stretch till afternoon. Vehicles were stranded at Mangalamkombu on Thandigudi main road as heap of soil and boulders fell on the road near this village. With heavy flow in Moolayaru, Thalaiyaru Irutaru and Manjalaru streams on Kodiakanal Hill, storage in Manjalar dam at Genguvarpatti reached its full capacity.
A total of 436 houses were damaged and standing crops in 1,600 acres were completely inundated in the flood owing to torrential showers that rocked the district for the past three days. Harvesting of paddy in Cumbum valley was paralysed.
With Bomminaickenpatti new tank filled after a gap of two years, farmers at this village were jubilant and started preliminary agriculture activities. Over 35 tanks in Periyakulam taluk have water till brim.