Rain damages Srirangam temple tank wall

TIRUCHI NOV. 7. A portion of the northern embankment of the ancient `Teppakulam' of the Srirangam Ranganathaswamy Temple caved in following heavy rain here last evening.

The granite wall around the tank collapsed for a 60-feet stretch, leaving a yawning gap. A large portion of the wall was in a dilapidated condition and the wall is in danger of collapsing any moment.

Children and cattle could slip into the tank due to the breach, fear locals. The tank, which was poorly maintained, was spruced only before the annual `theppam' festival, they said.

The Joint Commissioner (in-charge) of the temple, P.Shivakumar, inspected the damage this morning. The temple authorities stated that an estimate was being prepared to carry out repairs.

Several parts of Tiruchi, Pudukottai, Perambalur and Karur districts received heavy rain.

Samayapuram recorded a maximum of 90 mm.

The rain has made farmers optimistic, who have begun farming.

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