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Annual crops, tea gardens benefit as rain lashes Udhagamandalam

D. Radhakrishnan
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Pedestrians inconvenienced as rainwater inundates roads

Determined to enjoy themselves:Undeterred by rain, tourists headed for the Government Botanical Garden and other places of interest, in Udhagamandalam on Thursday. -Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
Determined to enjoy themselves:Undeterred by rain, tourists headed for the Government Botanical Garden and other places of interest, in Udhagamandalam on Thursday. -Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

Even as the South West Monsoon which played truant last year was being eagerly looked forward to this year by all sections of the society in The Nilgiris, Udhagamandalam and its surroundings experienced a welcome downpour accompanied by thunder on Thursday. The rain lasted for about an hour.

Owing to faulty storm water drains, it flooded some of the roads, including the Snowdon Road and the Old Garden Road.

In the process it subjected pedestrians to considerable hardship.

However the rain did not deter the large number of tourists who are here from proceeding to popular tourist spots like the Government Botanical Garden, the Ooty Lake and Doddabetta Peak.

Welcoming the rain, farmers told The Hindu that it was highly beneficial to standing annual crops and tea gardens.

Official sources said that some of the reservoirs in Ooty had benefited.

While Pandhalur received fairly good rains, Kotagiri, Coonoor and Kundah experienced only a drizzle.

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