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Rains for three days has led to flooding in residential areas

Water water everywhere: Overflow water from Salemthampatty Lake entered into residential areas in Senjigottai Road in Salem on Tuesday. -Photo: P. Goutham
Water water everywhere: Overflow water from Salemthampatty Lake entered into residential areas in Senjigottai Road in Salem on Tuesday. -Photo: P. Goutham

Sustained summer rains for the last three days have risen water levels in the lakes and ponds in and around Salem city and its district to their brim while rainwater entered the residential locality of Sivadapuram Gingeekottai here on Tuesday.

The copious flow into the Koneri Lake had led to its breach at one point and the water had entered the Gingeekottai area where knee-deep water could be found in the residential areas. The residents urged the Salem Railway Division to widen the underpass and remove the blocks so that the water could flow into the other side of the rail track. The Selathampatti Lake in the city also overflowed following heavy rains.

The five-day spell of rains had fetched 457 mm of rains in Salem district with Yercaud hill station recording the highest with 140 mm of rains. Salem city recorded 25.4 mm of rains for the past 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. on Tuesday followed by Yercaud 7.7 mm, Mettur and Omalur 9.2 mm each.

The inflows into the Mettur dam had brought 12800 cusecs on Tuesday. The dam's water level stood at 110.80 feet while its live storage was 79.55 tmcft. The discharge was maintained at 800 cusecs for drinking water purposes.

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