Nagapattinam: Even as Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur districts in the Cauvery delta region received widespread rains for the seventh successive day on Sunday, the Northeast monsoon was more visible as heavy drizzles in the central Tamil Nadu districts of Tiruchy, Karur, Perambalur, Ariyalur and Pudukkottai.
Since Friday, the rains claimed four lives across these districts. The coastal town of Nagapattinam received the maximum rainfall of 119.80 mm, followed by Thiruthuraipoondi 90.20, Talaignayiru 67.20, Tranquebar 62, Mayiladuthurai, 56, Anaikaranchathiram 44, Sirkazhi 43.40, Manalmedu 41, and Vedharanyam 30.40 (all in mm). Rainwater inundated the old bus stand and North street at Sirkazhi, and large tracts of paddy crop was submerged in and around Vaitheeswarankovil, official sources said.
Four persons including three boys died in three separate incidents near Sirkazhi in Nagapattinam district and Pudukkottai district since Friday. Official sources said that two boys aged seven and ten years, were drowned at a ‘kanmaai (water body)’ when they were taking bath there at Manalmelgudi near Pudukkottai on Saturday. Another boy, drowned when he accidentally fell into Therkkuveli canal at Thiruvali village near Sirkazhi on Friday, sources said.
In another incident, a-45-year-old man was electrocuted when he contacted an overhead power line at Thirukkarugavur village on Saturday. The deceased farmer Kannan attempted to fetch leaves for his lambs through an iron hook fixed on a long stick, which in turn touched the overhead power line, police said. Meanwhile, the Tiruchirapalli city Corporation has opened round-the-clock control room at its headquarters for emergency assistance....