Heavy rain triggers landslips, tree falls in the Nilgiris

Heavy rain continued to batter the Nilgiris district for the third consecutive day, causing tree falls and landslips in many areas.

Officials said that a total of 736 mm rain was recorded across the district till Thursday morning, with Upper Bhavani and Avalanche receiving well over 150 mm.

Officials from the National Highways Authority of India said trees were uprooted at six places along the Udhagamandalam-Gudalur Road and Gudalur-Mysore Road, causing disruptions in traffic.

From Thursday morning, workers from the department were into clearing the route to enable normal traffic.

The rain caused a minor landslip at Marapallam, along the Gudalur-Mysore Road. Police and highways workers cleared the block from a portion of the road to restore traffic after around an hour.

More landslips were reported from across the Nilgiris, but these did not cause much damage or disruption in traffic flow. Low-lying areas in Udhagamandalam town was inundated as water overflowed from open drains along Ettines Road and Commercial Road. Water from the Kodappamund Channel also overflowed on to the roads.

The Nilgiris district administration has advised people on the safety measures they needed to adopt to prevent injuries or deaths from lightning strikes.

The district administration urged people to not venture out of their homes during thunderstorms and to also not use electronic items.

Police and highways workers cleared the block from a portion of the road

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