Rain cheers farmers

Deepavali sales affected, people did not venture out
Thanjavur: Normal life was thrown out of gear in different parts of the Cauvery delta districts following heavy, intermittent rain which lashed various parts of the region on Sunday. Farmers were happy but Deepavali sales in important towns in the delta districts were affected as people did not venture out. Four persons, including two women and a 4-year-old girl, were injured and hospitalised when a house and a wall, at two different places, collapsed in the rain near Kumbakonam on Sunday early morning.
Ganesan (33), a mason of Karuppur, near Pandanallur, was sleeping in his thatched roof house with his family when the wall caved in at 3.30 am. In the mishap, Ganesan, his wife Kavitha and their 4-year-old daughter Suseendra were injured.They were admitted to the government hospital in Kumbakonam. Later, they were shifted to the Thanjavur medical college hospital for further treatment. Similarly, Lalitha (50) of Pavanancheri, near Kumbakonam, was injured when the wall of her neighbour’s house collapsed in the early hours of Sunday. She was admitted to the government hospital in Kumbakonam.
Thanjavur district received 490.20 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours ended at 8.30 am on Sunday. The major amount of rainfall recorded in major centres in Thanjavur district included Kurungulam-50 mm, Vallam-45 mm, Ayyampettai-38, Kumbakonam-28 mm and Thanjavur-17.50 mm.With the northeast monsoon gaining vigour, the district administration has directed officials of various government departments and agencies to be alert to flood prevention and relief activities if required, collector, Dr N. Subbaiyan said.
A flood control room has been set up at the collectorate in Thanjavur. People can contact the control room by dialling toll free No. 1077 and inform damage caused by the rain in their areas. The control room will function round-the-clock, said the collector.In Thanjavur district, the sky remained overcast and dark clouds hung over the towns on Sunday even as intermittent showers sent people scurrying for cover.
Several parts of Nagapattinam district received heavy rain for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday. Tirupoondi recorded the maximum rainfall of 142 mm during the 24-hour period ended at 8.30 am on Sunday.
( Source : dc correspondent )
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