Special Correspondent

Education institutions in the Nilgiris to remain closed today also

Udhagamandalam: With the weather in several parts of the Nilgiris continuing to be very wet and extremely cold, the district administration has decided to keep schools and colleges closed on Friday also.

The Nilgiris Collector, Anandrao V. Patil, said that it was a measure of precaution as the downpour, uprooting of trees and landslips were posing a threat.

During the 24 hour period ending 8.30 a.m. on Thursday Upper Bhavani recorded 501 mm of rainfall.

While Gudalur received 329 mm, the rainfall in Avalanchi was 454 mm, Emerald:283, Glenmorgan:267, Naduvattam:190, Udhagamandalam:60, Kundah:40, Ketti:80, Kodanad:48 and Devala:120.

On Wednesday 11 houses were partly damaged and 10 fully damaged in various parts of the district.

The Nilgiris Collector Anandrao V.Patil visited many of the flood affected areas in and around Gudalur on Thursday.

An official press note issued here on Thursday stated that the Union Minister for Communication and Information Technology A. Raja, who represents the Nilgiris constituency, has instructed officials to take steps on a war footing to provide relief to those affected.

Dams including Upper Bhavani, Avalanchi, Emerald, Kundah, Pykara, Glenmorgan, Parsons Valley and Kamaraj Sagar have benefited to a significant extent.

At some places, particularly in Gudalur, traffic was disrupted due to landslip.

Power supply was hit here and in some other parts of the district including Gudalur.