Heavy rains continued to lash many parts of Ramanathapuram and Sivaganga district for the second consecutive day on Friday.
According to the daily report taken by the revenue department at different rain gauge stations, Thiruvadanai, which had not received good rain during the earlier spells , recorded the highest rainfall of 196 mm in the district, giving much needed relief to the farmers.
The report said that almost all rain gauge stations in Ramanathapuram district recorded widespread rain during the last 24 hours that ended at 8.30 am on Friday. Vattanam and Theerthandathanam recorded 178 and 189 mm.
The rain, which began around 4.30 pm on Thursday in Ramanathapuram, continued throughout the night. There was no respite from the rain until 9 am on Friday. The situation was similar in Paramakudi, Thondi, R.S. Mangalam, Pallamorkulam and others.
Due to heavy rain, schools declared holiday on Friday to avoid inconvenience to the children. However, colleges functioned as usual. While Ramanathapuram recorded 84.6 mm, Paramakudi recorded 71 mm. Kamudhi, Kadaladi and Mudukulathur, which are considered grey areas as far as rain is concerned, also got good rain. They recorded 40.4, 40 and 46 mm respectively.
However, incessant rain forced the residents to be confined to their homes and many low lying areas were inundated.
The heavy rain uprooted a few trees in different parts of the district. A big tamarind tree was uprooted at Mangalam village on NH 210, disrupting traffic. The residents of the village said it was about 50 years old. Another tree also was uprooted on a road at Mangalam.
On the directive of Collector V. Arun Roy, the Highway authorities swung into action and the branches of the trees were cleared from the road.
The neighbouring Sivaganga district also received heavy to very heavy rainfall.
Places such as Devakottai, Karaikudi and Sivaganga received heavy downpour throughout the night.