Rains Batter Nilgiris District; Landslides, Uprooted Trees Put Brakes on NMR

The Nilgiris Mountain Railways (NMR) service between Mettupalayam and Ooty has been suspended due to incessant rains in the district.

Published: 21st November 2015 06:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st November 2015 06:12 AM   |  A+A-


UDHAGAMANDALAM: The Nilgiris Mountain Railways (NMR) service between Mettupalayam and Ooty has been suspended due to incessant rains in the district on Thursday night.

According to Railway sources, due to heavy downpour triggered landslides at some places and uprooted trees have also fell on the track in some points. So, the NMR service has been suspended for two days.

An official told Express that a large number of workers have been employed to clear the rocks and trees from the track. The service is likely to be resumed after rain subsides in the district.

The district on Thursday received a total rainfall of 914.40 mm, with Ketti receiving the highest of 116 mm followed by Coonoor 114 mm, Kodanad 87 mm, Kotagiri 84 mm,  Geddai 75 mm and Ketti Bridge 74 mm.

Landslides have occurred on Ooty-Kundha road near Kaikatty, Ooty-Mettupalaym road near Kanika Raj Nagar, Katteri, Ooty-Gudalur road near Pykara and Hillbunk, Ooty-Kotagiri Road near Doddabetta and Crosswood and uprooted trees have affected traffic movement in five places. Nine houses were partially damaged due to rain. Services in the Ooty Boat House were cancelled as the boarding point at the facility has been flooded.

The Collector said that so far in the district, five houses have been fully damaged and 45 houses partially in the rain.

In order to avoid traffic, Coonoor-Mettupalayam route has been changed into one-way, he added.

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