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Coimbatore city receives maximum rainfall

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Pollachi recorded the highest of 110 mm followed by a lowest of 28 mm in Valparai

The district received a total rainfall of 666.50 mm and an average rainfall of 55.54 mm on Sunday, the highest ever rainfall recorded on a single day, within a duration of six to eight hours.

The downpour left the city floating, paralysing traffic. The conference of the ‘People's Movement for Sri Lankan Tamils' at VOC Park in the City had to be called off in an hour, as the rain accompanied by thunder storm and gusty winds flew off the ceiling of the stage. The fall of a sound box off its stand injured a person. The speakers had to abruptly leave the venue even as the audience tried to brave the rain by keeping the chairs over their heads to cover themselves from the rain.

Even after 10 p.m., many of the roads in the city remained water-logged which lead to the breakdown of many vehicles.

In the plains, Pollachi recorded the highest of 110 mm followed by a lowest of 28 mm in Valparai. Rainfall recorded in mm at the end of 24 hours that ended at 8.30 a.m. on Monday is as follows; Annur 40, Peelamedu Airport 69.80, Mettuppalayam 26.30, Periyanaickenpalayam 57, Sulur 77, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University 34.40, Chinna Kallar 66, Chincona 38, Valparai PAP 30, Valparai Taluk 28, Coimbatore South 90.

In the Parambikulam – Aliyar Project region in Pollachi, Makkinampatti recorded 130 mm, Vettaikaranpudur 26, Manacadavu 25, Sultanpet 59, Pongalur 57, Negamam 77 and Palladam 10 mm.

The police, Fire and Rescue Services personnel and revenue officials were on their toes since Sunday evening to Monday morning regulating the traffic flow and in making arrangements for the water to recede.

The rain, uprooting of trees and snapping of power lines kept the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) machinery on its toes from Sunday evening till late evening on Monday.

Since the onset of the north-east monsoon, nearly 10 small transformers and about 15 electricity poles have been damaged by heavy rain and lightning, according to an official of the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation.

Transformers damaged

On Sunday, two transformers were damaged. Feeders that were served by these transformers suffered one or two hours of extended power cut because of the damages, the official said. Meanwhile, District Collector M. Karunakaran and Industries Minister S.P. Velumani have asked the police, Fire and Rescue Services, Highways, TANGEDCO, Public Works Department, Health Department, Civil Supplies Corporation, local bodies to remain in a state of readiness to meet rain related emergencies.

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