Heavy rains have returned to the state of Tamil Nadu. The Avalanche region in the Nilgiris distirct of the state has broken all the records with a whopping 911 mm of rainfall in a span of just 24 hours. On Thursday, the district had recorded 820 mm of extremely heavy rains, thus breaking a 76-year-old record in Tamil Nadu.
Since August 4, heavy rains have been lashing the Avalanche and more showers are expected during the weekend.
In the wake of heavy downpour, a red alert was sounded on Thursday by the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority (TNSDMA). The State Disaster Response Force was put to rescue operations. Water levels in the Kundah had reached to its extreme level, while water is overflowing through the Pilloor dam. Around 16 dams at present in the districts are full to the point of overflowing.
As requested by the district administration, around 25 personnel from the NDRF team in Arakonnam have been moved to Ooty along with their rescue equipment.
An alert has been issued by the local administration for people living on the river banks. Around 16 camps are sheltering 484 people. And those who live in the low lying areas have been asked to shift as well. Water has gushed into 600 houses in Gudalur and Pandalur areas.
Meanwhile, Coimbatore has recorded 104 mm of rainfall until 5:30 this morning. Heavy rains have lashed Valparai in Coimbatore in the last 48 hours, thus leading to waterlogging in many areas. And during the next 24 hours, moderate to heavy rains are expected here. Thereafter, the intensity will go down and only light showers with short intense spells may continue.
The district collectors of Coimbatore and Nilgiris have already announced holiday for schools and colleges on Friday due to heavy rainfall.
On Thursday, the inflow of water to the Bhavanisagar dam near Sathyamangalam was standing at 46,000 cusecs and to the Pillur dam, it was more than 38,000 cusecs. The water level in the Bhavani river has also risen to a great extent. As more heavy showers are likely during the next 24 hours, water levels are expected to increase further.
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