TAMIL NADU

Heavy rain wreaks havoc in various districts

Madurai Bureau

Rivers swelling in Theni district; devotees stranded at temple

THENI: Torrential rains that lashed the district till Sunday afternoon have wreaked a havoc by flooding rivers, damaging four huts in Gudalur and paralysing routine life in all towns and villages.

One person, along with his two-wheeler, was washed away in flash floods in Mullaperiyar river near C. Pudhupatti in Cumbum valley. Flood water was flowing furiously over the road-bridge across the river near the village.

Almost all rivers in the district are in spate. Water entered Uppukottai village, inundating several houses. Traffic was disrupted for an hour at Uthamapalayam as an old tree fell on the highway owing to a gale. Flood water gushing in Vaigai river was almost touching the bottom of an over-bridge at Kunnoor.

People residing at several villages along the river bank had been asked to move to places of safety. It is feared that water might flow above the bridge in the evening or night.

Over 35 devotees, mostly women and children, who assembled at Sri Karuppusamy Temple on the other side of Mullaperiyar river near Palanichettipatti were stranded owing to the flash floods. Fire service and rescue personnel were deployed to rescue stranded pilgrims. Collector P. Muthuveeran rushed to the spot and supervised rescue operation. He inspected flood affected areas at Uppukottai and other villages till Uthamapalayam.

Dindigul

The district received 726.65 mm rain on Saturday night. Residents at Kuttikaradu near Varadhamanadhi dam were stranded as road connectivity was completely snapped owing to flash flood in Varadhamanadhi river.

With an inflow of 3,400 cusecs, Varadhamanadhi dam in Palani taluk has started swelling since last night, owing to torrential rains in Kodaikanal hills that recorded 154 mm rain. The entire inflow into the dam has been drained into the river. All dams in Palani taluk have started receiving good inflow. Rain was also heavy at the dam sites.

Total rainfall recorded at various places in the district at 8 a.m. on Sunday in mm: Varadhamanadhi dam 227, Kudiraiyaru dam 195, Parappalar dam 156, Palar-Porundhalar dam 57, Dindigul 42, Nilakottai 56.5, Natham 67, Vedasandur Tobacco Research Station 42, Vedasandur Taluk Office 42.3, Oddanchatram 84, Kodaikanal Observatory 154.6 and Kodaikanal Boat Club 143.75 and Palani 94.

Ramanathapuram

The current spell of rain has claimed two lives, including that of a daily wage worker, in Ramanathapuram district on Sunday.

Vijayarani (40), wife of Ramu of Mavilangai near Chathirakudi, was electrocuted when she came into contact with a live wire lying near her house. An unidentified 27-year-old man was electrocuted at Erikadu in Rameswaram. It was said that a live wire fell on him when he was walking on the street.

Thirty-eight houses have either fully or partially damaged due to torrential rain in the district. Ramanathapuram taluk alone accounted for 32 houses. Three and two huts were damaged in Thiruvadanai and Kadaladi respectively. One house was damaged in Paramakudi.

Thirty anchored country boats, 23 from Keelamunthal coast near Kadaladi, had been damaged by huge waves in and around Valinokkam.

Collector T.N. Hariharan said that Rs.1 lakh would be given to the next of kin of Vijayarani under the National Calamity Relief Fund. Cash compensation to the other victim could be given only after identifying him.

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Board has asked the people to exercise care whenever they find electric wire lying on streets or fields. The Superintending Engineer has requested the people to inform immediately to the EB authorities if they see wires in their nearby localities. Children were advised not to touch iron rods that were connected with electric posts.

A few tanks in Ramanathapuram have been brimming due to the continuous rain for the last one week. Neelakandi tank and Aiyar Madam tank were among those which got good inflow.

Virudhunagar

Widespread rainfall was recorded in many parts of Virudhunagar district on the night of Saturday. Rajapalayam registered 138.20 mm followed by Srivilliputtur 98, Virudhunagar 97, Pulipatti 80.6, Sivakasi 66.8, Sattur 57, Watrap 55, Aruppukottai 54.6, Tiruchuzhi 47.6, Vembakottai 44.3 and Kariyapatti 40.2 mm.

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