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Overflowing woes: Water-logging has been reported from several parts of Puducherry. A scene at Lawspet on Sunday. —

Overflowing woes: Water-logging has been reported from several parts of Puducherry. A scene at Lawspet on Sunday. —   | Photo Credit: Photo : T. Singaravelou

Staff Reporter

Several low-level areas were inundated following heavy rain; many canals are overflowing

PUDUCHERRY: The territorial administration has declared holiday for government and private schools and colleges in the Puducherry and Karaikal regions on Monday. Several low-level areas were inundated following heavy rain.

According to the Regional Meterological Centre, Chennai, Puducherry received 44 mm of rainfall from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. on Sunday.

In a press release, Collector G. Ragesh Chandra asked people residing in low-level areas to take precautionary measures. The public could contact toll free number 1070 functioning at the Collectorate to bale out stagnant water from low-level areas, clear blocks in drains and remove uprooted trees and electric posts from the roads.

Commissioner of the Puducherry Municipality S. Kuppusamy said Thennan Salai off Maraimalai Adigal Salai and Sethilal Nagar in Murungapakkam suffered water-logging. The stagnant rainwater was later baled out. Public Works Department staff cleared branches of a tree which had fallen on Bussy Street, he said.

Commissioner of the Oulgaret Municipality S. Rajamanickam said that one of the measures taken by the municipality to prevent water-logging is the desilting of the Jaya Nagar canal. Roads have also been broken open for the creation of ‘kuchcha’ drains in the residential area of Boomiyanpet, Natesan Nagar, Sudandira Pon Vizha Nagar, Nyanaprakasam Nagar and Ezhil Nagar, he said.

“Part of the Moolakulam main canal along the national highway has been desilted, following complaints. The rest of the canal will be desilted soon,” Mr. Rajamanickam said.

Many areas within municipality limits are water-logged, with canals overflowing with rainwater, he added. “But we are unable to help people who complain of water entering their homes. If we increase the height of roads to ensure water does not enter the house, the nearby areas are likely to get flooded. There is no permanent solution to this,” the commissioner said.

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