23 homes damaged as rains hit Cuddalore, lightning kills man – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

CUDDALORE/VILLUPURAM: Due to heavy rains that hit Cuddalore, 23 houses were damaged and 13 head of cattle died in the district till Saturday. On Friday, a 38-year-old man, K Natarajan from Puliyangudi near Kumaratchi, was killed by lightning on his way home from work. A case has been filed and the investigation is ongoing.

Cuddalore received the highest rainfall on Friday with Chidambaram topping the charts with 30cm of rainfall in a single day, collector K Balasubramaniam said. “About 22 teams have been formed in Cuddalore to monitor the rain-related issues. Until Saturday the relief centers were empty,” he said, after inspecting the waterlogged villages of Thirunaraiyur and Kopadi Anai near Chidambaram.

Meanwhile, water was released from the Veeranam reservoir, raising the level from 47.5 feet to 45.2 feet. About 7,500 cusecs were released through the Karuvattu and Sengaal streams, and 8,145 cusecs through the Velliyangal lock. Another 65 cusecs were released through a pipeline to Chennai. For the third day in a row, fishing at Cuddalore and Villupuram has been halted. Salt production in Marakanam has been affected due to water stagnation in the salt beds.

In another incident near Veppur, Periyasamy of Nesalur fractured his right leg when the wall of his neighbour’s house fell on him. The incident happened while he was attending nature’s call on Friday. Periyasamy was rushed to government hospital in Perambalur. Part of the security wall of a pond near the Thillai Kaaliamman temple in Chidambaram collapsed on Saturday morning. Chidambaram Municipality officials inspected the damaged area.

In Villupuram, a century-old banyan tree was uprooted and fell on nearby thatched-roof houses in Pillur village. No causality has been reported. However, five houses in Thirivennainallur and Gingee were damaged by the rain. Causeways in Pillur, Mettupalayam near Valavanur, Kuyilapalayam near Kandamangalam, Orathur near Vikrawandi and Siruvadi near Valathi were closed due to flooding. The police were deployed at the entrance to the roads.

CUDDALORE/VILLUPURAM: Due to heavy rains that hit Cuddalore, 23 houses were damaged and 13 head of cattle died in the district till Saturday. On Friday, a 38-year-old man, K Natarajan from Puliyangudi near Kumaratchi, was killed by lightning on his way home from work. A case has been filed and the investigation is ongoing. Cuddalore received the highest rainfall on Friday with Chidambaram topping the charts with 30cm of rainfall in a single day, collector K Balasubramaniam said. “About 22 teams have been formed in Cuddalore to monitor the rain-related issues. Until Saturday the relief centers were empty,” he said, after inspecting the waterlogged villages of Thirunaraiyur and Kopadi Anai near Chidambaram. Meanwhile, water was released from the Veeranam reservoir, raising the level from 47.5 feet to 45.2 feet. About 7,500 cusecs were released through the Karuvattu and Sengaal streams, and 8,145 cusecs through the Velliyangal lock. Another 65 cusecs were released through a pipeline to Chennai. For the third day in a row, fishing at Cuddalore and Villupuram has been halted. Salt production in Marakanam has been affected due to water stagnation in the salt beds. In another incident near Veppur, Periyasamy of Nesalur fractured his right leg when the wall of his neighbour’s house fell on him. The incident happened while he was attending nature’s call on Friday. Periyasamy was rushed to government hospital in Perambalur. Part of the security wall of a pond near the Thillai Kaaliamman temple in Chidambaram collapsed on Saturday morning. Chidambaram Municipality officials inspected the damaged area. In Villupuram, a century-old banyan tree was uprooted and fell on nearby thatched-roof houses in Pillur village. No causality has been reported. However, five houses in Thirivennainallur and Gingee were damaged by the rain. Causeways in Pillur, Mettupalayam near Valavanur, Kuyilapalayam near Kandamangalam, Orathur near Vikrawandi and Siruvadi near Valathi were closed due to flooding. The police were deployed at the entrance to the roads.

Robert M. Larson