Kancheepuram receives 10 cm of rain

V. Venkatasubramanian

KANCHEEPURAM: Six of the eight taluks in Kancheepuram district received more than 10 cm of rain on Friday.

There were reports of traffic snarls due to waterlogging and residential colonies being marooned since early Saturday.

During the 24 hours ended 8.30 a.m. on Saturday, Madurantakam and riperumpudur 18 cm, Cheyyur 15 cm, Thirukazhukundram 12 cm and Chengalpattu 12 cm. Uthiramerur and Kancheepuram taluk received 7 cm and 5 cm respectively.

The heavy rain in Sriperumpudur taluk resulted in copious inflows into several lakes in the area including Sriperumpudur, Somangalam, Amarambedu and five other lakes in Vallakottai area, which were already full.

Villages near the lakes were surrounded by water as the bunds of some of these lakes breached.

A 17-year-old schoolboy drowned in Madurantakam lake on Saturday. Sathish, a standard 12 student of Soorakottai village, had gone for a swim in the lake, police said. Fire service personnel recovered the body.

Bakthavathsalam Nagar and NGO colony on the outskirts of Sriperumpudur town were inundated. The rain brought traffic to a halt on the Chennai-Bangalore Highway as water flowed across the carriageway of the Sriperumpudur bypass. Traffic between Chennai and Bangalore was diverted via Chengalpattu, Wallajahbad and Kancheepuram.

Melamaiyur and Pulipakkam near Chengalpattu were flooded with water from the surplus canal of Kolavai lake. At Melamaiyur, boats were brought in to rescue the marooned residents around noon on Saturday.

The affected people blocked traffic at Padapai, Senganmal village on Old Mahabalipuram Road, Padalam, Orikkai and other places.

Although two dozen lakes overflowed or breached on Saturday, Public Works Department authorities said they received a report of the breaching of the bund at Singaperumal Koil only.

Relief centres

In Tiruvallur district, 28,560 people were evacuated. About 70 relief centres were set up for people from Nakkeeran Salai, Lake Project Area, Illango Nagar, East Mogappair Area, Golden George Nagar, Samiyar Matam, Vadakari, Vadaperumbakkam and Sadayankuppam in Red Hills.

Tiruvallur District Collector Pankaj Kumar Bansal said in a release here that bunds of 22 of the 35 breached lakes had been repaired.

Dozens of families were evacuated from a Dalit colony in Kuthmabakkam. Panchayat president R. Ilango said it was the worst flooding in the recent times.