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Heavy inflow into lakes as rain lashes Salem and Namakkal

Inundated: Sewage and rainwater overflowed from drainage channels and stagnated at Kitchipalayam in Salem owing to heavy rain on Saturday night. —

Inundated: Sewage and rainwater overflowed from drainage channels and stagnated at Kitchipalayam in Salem owing to heavy rain on Saturday night. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

Staff Reporter

Officials asked to remain alert and monitor water level

SALEM: Salem and its suburbs experienced moderate to heavy showers on Saturday night and Sunday.

The rain brought cheer to people in the city, who had been reeling under a scorching sun till last week. Cloudy skies brought the soaring temperature down.

A number of parts in the district received heavy rain. Several streets in the city were flooded and sheets of rainwater stagnated on the roads.

A number of tanks in Salem and Namakkal districts registered a sharp increase in the water level due to continuous downpour.

The Puthu Eri in Kannankurichi, Kumaragiri Lake in Ammapet, Panamarathupatti Lake and a few other water bodies located near Salem city witnessed heavy inflow.

The district administration directed the officials of public works, revenue and rural development departments to remain alert and monitor the water level in all the tanks and ponds.

The administration also instructed the officials to strengthen the bunds of water bodies and stock sand bags so that they could be quickly moved in case of breaches.

In the last 24-hour period ending 8 a.m. on Sunday, Gengavalli recorded a maximum rainfall of 40 mm.

Rainfall recorded in various other parts is as follows (in mm): Salem 13.4, Vazhapadi 17.4, Attur 31.6, Omalur 12.4, Mettur 13.1, Sankagiri 15.2 and Edapadi 13.

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