With the south-west monsoon getting active over the hill district for the past three days, nine houses were reportedly damaged in various parts on Friday. According to officials in the disaster management and mitigation department at the collectorate, Avalanche recorded the highest rainfall of 315 mm during the past 24 hours ending 8.30 am on Friday.
Landslides occurred at some places in Gudalur and Manjoor areas. Power supply was disrupted in many villages from Thursday after uprooted trees fell on power lines. While nine houses damaged were in Manjoor, Devala, Ponnani and Mullikorai, two were inundated in Ponnani.
As the rainfall was abnormal and alarming, the district administration has alerted the Village Administrative Officers to constantly watch residential colonies in sloppy and low lying areas.
Electricity officials and workers are working round-the-clock to restore power supply in affected areas. Rainfall (in mm) recorded in other places are, Upper Bhavani — 200, Gudalur Bazaar — 198, Devala — 150, Naduvattam — 98, Emerlad — 80, Glelmorgen — 70, Kundah Bridge — 31, Kalhatty — 23, Udhagamandalam — 21, Ketti — 12, Kodanad — 8, Kotagiri — 5.80, Kendai — 4, Kinnakorai — 4 and Coonoor — 3.20.
With the intensity of SW monsoon being felt in Gudalur and Pandalur bordering neighbouring Kerala, a 24-hour Flood Control Room with a toll free telephone number — 1077 has been opened at the collectorate.