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Rain hits normal life in Ooty

D. Radhakrishnan
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Tourists affected; water logging in many parts

Boating at the Ooty Lake is affected by inclement weather. – Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
Boating at the Ooty Lake is affected by inclement weather. – Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

On account of the active North East Monsoon normal life in many parts of the Nilgiris district has been hit for the last few days. Due to the chill winds accompanying the incessant rain the demand for cold weather accessories like woollen scarves and gloves has gone up.

Thick mist particularly on the Ooty-Manjoor road has reduced visibility to a few metres and made driving very difficult.

The rain has triggered minor landslips and brought down trees at a few places.

While makeshift structures at some places have been partially damaged, water logging of agriculture fields and roads and flooding of buildings in low lying areas have become a serious source of concern.

Many tourists who spoke to The Hindu said that the incessant rain and accompanying nippy conditions had subjected them to considerable inconvenience and upset their sight seeing plans.

Though they were able to visit places like the Government Botanical Garden, the Government Rose Garden and Doddabetta peak despite the hostile weather, they were not able to enjoy a boat ride in the Ooty Lake.

Sources in the Horticulture Department said that though the wet conditions were beneficial to perennial crops like tea, potato was facing the threat of being affected by late blight disease while root rot, splitting were likely to hit carrots.

What the farming community needs now was a mixture of sunshine and rain.

In view of the inclement weather vigil has been stepped up along the land slip-prone Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR).

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