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Trees uprooted, snapping road connectivity

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Old trees fell on Batlagundu-Kodaikanal Ghat Road and Upper Kodaikanal Road snapping road connectivity to several wayside villages here on Sunday.

A tree was uprooted near Pallangi in the early morning. Buses to Pallangi, Attuvampatti, Mattupatti and other villages on upper Kodaikanal were not stopped for a few hours.

Traffic was disrupted for about two hours on the Ghat Road also as two trees fell near Perumal Malai and a tree near Vazhaigiri. Special teams of policemen as well highways workers removed the trees and allowed small vehicles to pass the damaged spot. Later, heavy vehicles were allowed to go, said highway officials. Drivers were cautioned to drive vehicles carefully.

Small boulders rolled down on Palani Ghat Road and heaps of soil too fell at some points on Batlagundu Ghat Road frequently.

Collector T.N. Hariharan inspected the highway and also drinking water sources meant for Kodaikanal town to assess the situation.

He also advised highways officials to keep men and machines ready to undertake rescue operations in case of emergencies. Standing long-term crops on several acres in Bodi block were damaged owing to flood in Kottakudi river and forest streams recently. Farmers demanded compensation for crop loss. A house collapsed near Thirumalapuram near Veerapandi in Theni district.



Special teams of policemen as well highways workers removed the trees and allowed small vehicles to pass the damaged spot



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