TIRUCHY: Normal life of the people in the delta districts of Tiruchy, Karur, Perambalur, Ariyalur, Pudukkottai, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam went out of gear due to heavy rains, which persisted for the third day on Saturday.
The rains have claimed three lives so far in Ariyalur, Pudukkottai, and Tiruvarur districts and wall collapses reported from several places. Brimming water bodies in many places pose threat of breach to their bunds, especially in Jayankondam area in Ariyalur district and most parts in Pudukkottai districts, official sources told DC.
The sources said a 30-year old differently-abled woman Ms. Poongothai died in a wall collapse incident at Muniyangkurichi village near Ariyalur in the wee hours of Saturday. This was the second rain-related death in Ariyalur district the first one took place near Jayankondam where an aged woman died due to wall collapse last week.
In Pudukkottai district, rains lashed several areas and the rainwater entered into houses and temples besides several water tanks overflowing. Low lying areas like Kambar Nagar in Pudukkottai town, were inundated with knee-deep of water.
A 56-year-old Kandasamy of Venkateswara Nagar died due of fits as he waded through knee-deep rainwater near Palaniappa corner in Pudukkottai town today.
A 50-year-old man, Ravi, died due of shock after seeing a portion of his house wall collapsing due to rain at Paravakottai near Mannargudi this morning.
In Nagapattinam district also, rains caused severe hardship to the general public and most of the fishermen of Nagapattinam Tiruvarur and Pudukkottai districts did not put out to sea.
The temple tank of Sri Agneeshwarar temple at Nagapattianm town breached due to the continuous rain, resulting in water entering into nearby residential areas and houses.
The highway leading to pilgrim centre of Velankanni from Nagapattianam was highly damaged, sources said. Except for Tiruchy district, all other district administrations declared holiday for schools in their respective districts today.
Pudukkottai town recorded the maximum rainfall of 130.20 mm, followed by (all in mm) Annavasal 70, Udayalipatti 67.40, Arantangi 64, Mazaiyur 63.60, Keeranur and Ponnamaravathi each 61, Karaiyur 56.60, Adhanakkottai and Perungalur 48 each, Ayinkudi 47.20, Mimisal 45.20, Manalmelgudi 40, Keelalizai 38.40, Gandarvakottai 35, Thirumayam 31, Aavudayarkovil 30.60, Karambakkudi 28.60, Kattumavadi 25.20 and Kudumiyanmalai 24 mm....