Kodiveri Anaicut registers maximum rainfall of 200 mm, many houses in the district had at least three feet water inside

Heavy rain pounded Erode district again on Sunday night, triggering flash floods that wreaked havoc in many parts as raging water flooded residential localities, collapsed walls, damaged crops, and inundated roads, affecting vehicular movement.

In the last 24-hour period ended at 8.30 a.m. on Monday, Kodiveri Anaicut registered the maximum rainfall of 200 mm followed by Chennimalai - 108 mm, Arachalur – 95 mm, Erode – 84 mm, Sathyamangalam – 78 mm and Gobichettipalayam – 72 mm.

Several residential areas in Erode Town, Kaspapet, Avalpoondurai, Unjapalayam, Ezhumathur, Cholipalayam, Poondurai Semur, Vilakkethi, Sivagiri, Kagam, Thalaiyanallur, Ceylon Colony and Savadipalayam were flooded. Many houses in these areas had at least three feet water inside.

In Sivagiri, a major breach occurred in the Kolathupalayam Tank and the water from the tank brought crops in more than 700 acres under deep water. The road links to Kagam and Kolathupalayam villages were cut off due to the floods.

In Savadipalayam, crops were submerged five-feet deep in water. Paddy, turmeric and sugarcane crops cultivated in many parts of Sivagiri and other nearby blocks were destroyed in the floods. Fast-moving flood waters washed away several huts in the district. Walls of many houses were also collapsed. Crops in hundreds of acres in Gobichettipalayam block also got submerged under flood waters, as the Kodiveri Anaicut witnessed heavy showers. The road link to several villages in the district was cut as many stretches went deep under flood waters. The traffic on the Ezhumathur – Sellathampalayam road and Karur Main road remained affected for several hours. Bus services to a number of villages were suspended.

In Erode Town, rainwater entered more than 100 houses in Periyasemur and the Government Middle School in the area. A number of residential localities including Vettukattu Valasu, MGR Nagar, Muthu Manickam Nagar and SSP Nagar were also inundated. People were seen wading through knee-deep water, collecting their belongings and leaving for safe places.

The district administration evacuated people from flood-affected parts to safe places. Schools and marriage halls were opened to accommodate them. Efforts were being taken to provide food and clothing to the affected people. The Bhavanisagar Dam witnessed an inflow of 21,389 cusecs at 3 p.m. on Monday. The water level stood at 85.89, while the storage was 19.015 tmcft. The rainfall recorded in other parts of the district is as follows (in mm): Olapalayam – 56, Bhavani – 55, Pungampadi – 54, Modakurichi – 50, Perundurai – 49, Bhavanisagar – 45, Elanthakuttaimedu – 43 and Kavunthapadi – 29.