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Diversion of rain water into Coleroon continues

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strengthening bunds: Mayor S.Sujatha, Corporation Commissioner T.T.Balsamy and PWD Executive Engineer C.Kannappan inspecting the work on reinforcing the bunds of Kudamuritti river in Tiruchi on Saturday.

TIRUCHI: With a let up in the rain in the district on Saturday, officials of the Public Works Department and the Tiruchi Corporation turned their attention to minor repairs and draining stagnant water from low lying areas.

The PWD authorities continued to divert the entire rain flow into the Coleroon River from the Upper Anicut near Tiruchi. On Saturday, about 12,000 cusecs of water was being let out into the Coleroon. PWD officials said that there was no report of any rain related damage in the district. All precautionary arrangements were in place and adequate quantity of sand bags have been stocked to attend to any emergency situation if the rain were to continue.

Thirty-seven of the 187 tanks under the control of the PWD RC Division, Tiruchi (comprising Tiruchi, Karur and Ariyalur districts and a part of Thanjavur district), have filled up so far.

The department had taken up minor repairs on the Kudamuritti River bank near the Puthur Weir in the city to reinforce a portion of the bund of the river. A minor erosion had occurred on the bund on the right bank of the river. Sand bags were placed to reinforce the portion of the bund.Mayor S.Sujatha and Corporation Commissioner T.T.Balsamy inspected the progress of work on the reinforcement of the Kudamuritti River bund along with C.Kannappan, Executive Engineer, PWD, River Conservation Division.

Ms.Sujatha and Mr.Balsamy also inspected some of the low lying residential colonies in city where rain water had stagnated. They visited Kollankulam, Karumandapam, RMS Colony, Ashok Nagar, Crawford Anbu Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Ramachandra Nagar and Chockalingapuram and instructed officials to take steps to drain the water stagnating in open places.

Meanwhile, but for some moderate showers in the morning, there was a let up in the rain in the city for most part of the day. A holiday had been declared for schools in the district.

Samayapuram recorded the maximum rainfall of 47 mm during the 24-hour period ending at 8.30 a.m. on Saturday. The following were the chief amount of rainfall recorded in other parts of the district during the same period (in mm): Lalgudi 40, Nandhiyar Head 38, Pullambadi 37.80, Kallakudi 36.20, Thuvakudi 34.60, Pulivalam 33, Tiruchi Town 29.20, Golden Rock and Vathalai Anicut 28 each, Sirugudi 27, Thuraiyur 26, Tiruchi Airport 25.60, Koppampatti 24, Musiri and Tiruchi Junction 23 each, Navalur Kottapattu 22, Thathaiyengarpet 18, Marungapuri 15.40, Kovilpatti 10.50, Ponnaniyar Dam 9.40 and Manapparai 8.60. The district recorded an average of 25.40 mm of rainfall during the period.

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