Landslides Block Batlagundu-Kodaikanal Road

Published: 23rd November 2015 04:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd November 2015 04:47 AM   |  A+A-

MADURAI: Vehicular traffic was disrupted on several roads, including the busy Batlagundu-Kodaikanal Road on Sunday after several trees fell due to a landslide.

Vehicles were stranded as trees fell at Vazhagiri, Kumparaiyur and Perumal Malai on Batlagundu-Kodaikanal Road. Trees also fell on Pallangi Road near Vettuvarai. Hence, traffic connectivity to Pallangi, Vilpatti, Attuvampatti and Maattupatti came to a halt for several hours.

More than 20 rescue teams from Police and Highways Department cleared the debris and restored traffic after two hours. As the surplus water from Kodaikanal lake is being released, district administration has issued a flood warning to those residing nearby. Due to mist, normal life was affected across Kodaikanal.

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Flood Warning

With surplus water from Sothuparai, Manjalar and Peranai dams being released due to the incessant rains, administration of Theni, Dindigul and Madurai districts have issued flood warning in several areas.

Also, Madurai Corporation has alerted its officials to monitor the level in Vaigai dam to issue first flood warning for the city.

Increased flow in Vaigai river on Sunday caused flash floods in several areas.

M Muthupandi, Executive Engineer of Periyar-Vaigai Basin, told Express that water release from Sothuparai, Manjalar and Peranai dams have increased to 700 cusecs for the last two days due to heavy rains. Hence, flood warnings have been issued to those residing on the banks of Vaigai river, he added.

Meanwhile, water level at Vaigai dam increased to 64.02 feet, with an inflow of 2,700 cusecs, on Sunday due to incessant rains in several parts of Theni district.

Official said that the level would reach 66 feet in one or two days. “The first flood warning should be issued when water level reaches 66 feet. Second warning will be issued at 68 feet and a third warning will be issued at 69 feet.

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