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By Our Tamil Nadu Bureau
Thirukkalimedu near Kancheepuram inundated in rain in the early hours of Tuesday.
Kancheepuram registered 13 cm, Vellore 10 cm, Tambaram 8 cm and Chembarampakkam 7 cm, Meenambakkam 5 cm, and Nungambakkam, Cholavaram and Zamin Korattur here 4 cm each.
According to the meteorological office, the rainfall was a normal feature of the southwest monsoon and it had nothing to do with any cyclonic system.
Widespread in Kancheepuram
Several parts of Kancheepuram district including, Kancheepuram town experienced widespread, moderate to heavy rain last night and in the early hours today. It is beneficial for raising groundnut and also to the standing groundnut and paddy crops.
Groundwater and also the level in irrigation tanks, particularly in Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Sriperumbudur taluks, improved following the spell. Low-level areas including, Thirukkalimedu near Kancheepuram were inundated.
The rightside of the newly-laid road, leading to the new Kancheepuram railway station, caved in last night and a mini lorry got stuck. The leftside of the same road, which caved in last month, is yet to be repaired. As a result, the entire road leading to the station was blocked and vehicles were forced to park on the main road itself, posing a hazard.
Kancheepuram town recorded the highest rainfall of 133 mm (13.3 cm) followed by Walajabad and Cheyyur 82 mm each, Chengalpattu 55 mm and other places between 10 and 50 mm.
6-hour rain at Vellore
Rain lashed Vellore town today bringing relief to residents who have been getting drinking water supply once in 10-20 days for the last four months.
The downpour, which started at about 1.30 a.m. continued till about 7 a.m. Many residents, who woke up at midnight, stored rainwater in overhead tanks and sumps in their houses.
Vellore recorded the highest rainfall of 97.6 mm during the 24 hours ended 8 a.m. The rainfall (in mm) in the other places is Tirupattur 70, Arakkonam 58, Melalathur 48.4, Ambur 44, Walajapet 40, Alangayam 30, Vaniyambadi 21, Gudiyatham 19.8, Arcot 12.5 and Sholinghur 5.
The Nethaji stadium grounds at Vellore, venue of the Independence Day celebrations, have been flooded and rehearsal could not take place today. The compound wall collapsed for a length of 40 feet.
Water entered about 40 huts on Veera Anjaneyar Street and Vanavasa Street, Makkan, forcing the residents to stay out.
At Dindigul, low-level areas were flooded as it witnessed heavy downpour for about an hour today. An old tree on Dindigul-Thodikombu road was uprooted.
There were also mild showers in Theni. Similarly, sporadic rainfall was recorded in Cumbum.
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