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Downpour leads to inundation of underpasses in Coimbatore city

V.S. Palaniappan


Uprooting of trees reported at three places

Rainwater could not flow freely because of choking of storm water drains


Coimbatore: After a long disappointment over the delayed or inadequate rainfall during the South-West monsoon, a downpour lashed Coimbatore city and suburbs on Friday night.

The heavy rain led to inundation of underpasses in the city besides the sinking of a 10 cm portion of the approach road to a culvert on the newly laid Tiruchi road near the Singanallur tank and lampposts getting uprooted on the new scheme/ink road connecting 100 ft road with Avanashi Road via Nava India. As a result of the rain, brief disruption in power supply was also reported at some of the places.

The underpasses at Lanka Corner and Somasundara Mills remained flooded and a truck and earth mover got struck at the underpass along the Brooke Bond Road. The race course walking track also remained flooded. Uprooting of trees was reported at Race Course, Red Field and near Huzur Road. Rainwater could not flow freely because of the choking of the storm water drains with plastic bottles and solid waste.

Rainfall in mm during the last 24 hours till 8.30 a.m. on Saturday: Annur - 6, Peelamedu - 46.3, Mettupalayam - 50.2, Pollachi - 32, Periyanaickenpalayam - 40, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University - 48, Sulur - 37, Coimbatore South Taluk - 56, Thondamuthur - 30, Valparai Taluk - 8, Chincona - 4 and Chinnakallar - 3.

Monsoon

Rain proved to be minimal in the Western Ghats along the catchments of the Parambikulam – Aliyar Project (PAP) reservoirs. Officials said that the rainfall during the South-West monsoon remained inadequate and the reservoirs are yet to reach the brim.

The water level in dams on Saturday: Sholayar - 124.49 ft as against the Full Reservoir Level of 160, Parambikulam 47.85 ft as against the FRL of 72, Aliyar 115.80 ft as against the FRL of 120 ft, Thirumurthy reservoir 53.18 ft as against the FRL of 60 ft and Amaravathy had 62.50 ft as against the FRL of 90 ft.

Rainfall in mm in PAP areas during the last 24 hours till 8.30 a.m. on Saturday: Parambiulam - 4, Aliyar - 15.4, Thirumurthy - 5, Amaravathy - 27, Upper Nirar - 3, Lower Nirar - 1, Manacadavu - 46, Sircarapthy - 4, Upper Aliyar - 2, Kadamparai - 2, Uppar - 28, Valparai - 11, Thoonakadavu - 2, Vettaikaranpudur - 22, Pongalur - 28, Pollachi - 32 and Nallaru - 10.

Siruvani, the reservoir that takes care of the drinking water needs, witnessed a downpour.

The rainfall in the catchment was 75 mm and at the foothills was 40 mm. The storage is said to be improving considerably. The storage stood at 28.37 feet as against the FRL of nearly 50 feet.

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