Education institutions in Udhagamandalam, Kundah, Gudalur, and Pandhalur taluks remained closed as south west monsoon became vigorous over many parts of The Nilgiris. Since there was no sign of rain weakening, the administration has declared a holiday for education institutions on Thursday too.

The decision was taken as a precautionary measure as gusty wind accompanying the rain was bringing down trees, said The Nilgiris District Collector, Archana Patnaik. District disaster management wing was fully geared to meet any eventuality, she said adding that 262 cyclone shelters have been kept ready to accommodate people in distress.

Some schools too have been identified for the purpose. There was sufficient stock of essential commodities. So far this monsoon 26 huts have been partially damaged and five fully damaged. Compensation was being given as soon as the reports were received.

Steps have been taken to check schools buildings to ensure their structural stability.

Focus of the administration was on places where natural calamities like landslips had occurred earlier and those vulnerable to such disasters.

Removal of trees, and pruning was now in progress, she said. Water level in some of the reservoirs had improved.

Official sources said that trees got uprooted at a number of places.

A tree fell on high tension wires along the Ooty-Lovedale road affecting power supply in the area for sometime.

Special teams have been formed by the Tangedco to attend to such disruptions without delay.

The following is the rainfall recorded during the 24-hour period ending 8.30am on Wednesday: Upper Bhavani 102mm, Avalanchi 55, Gudalur bazaar 46, Devala 41, and Glenmorgan 30mm.

Holiday for education institutions on Thursday