COIMBATORE: As many as 99 houses have been damaged in the floods following heavy monsoon rains in Coimbatore, said SP Velumani, minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development.
The minister on Saturday inspected the flood-affected areas including the Sulur-Ravathoor low level bridge that was washed away in the flash floods. Mr. Velumani told DC, as many as 99 houses were damaged in the Coimbatore flash floods on Friday, out which 27 houses were completely damaged and 72 are partially damaged. The City had witnessed minor havoc that can be reconstructed immediately. Efforts will be taken to construct a high-level bridge at the earliest across the Noyal at Sulur-Ravathoor.
Around 1,335 flood victims were accommodated in a safe camp and efforts are being taken to provide them with additional facilities, he said. However, the people of Coimbatore are happy with the monsoon rains that had increased the groundwater level and filled 43 check dams and 29 tanks up to their brim.
The Pillur dam has reached a new height of 97.5-ft against its level of 100-ft and the Siruvani water level has touched 43-ft against its full level of 50-ft. The rainfall recorded was 275.47 mm, added the minister.
District collector K Rajamani, Sulur MLA Kandasamy, SP Sujith Kumar, DRO Rama Durai Murugan, RDO Dhanalingam and Thasildhar Meena Kumari were present during the inspection.
While the Sulur constituency MLA (DMK) N.Karthic has urged to reconstruct the low level bridge connecting Vellalore-Singanallur on a war footing....