Rain batters Cauvery Delta region

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Tiruchirapalli, Dec 19 (UNI) Normal life in the Cauvery Delta region of Tamil Nadu was badly affected following torrential rain for the last two days.

Heavy rains battered Karur, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and coastal Pudukkottai and Nagapattinam districts.

Low-lying areas in Tiruchirapalli city were under knee-deep water while rain water entered the corridors of Sri Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam and Sri Jembukeswara Akilandeswari temple causing hardships to the devotees.

Train services were affected as rain water flooded the track between Kalpatti Chathiram and Ariyalur stations. Following this, the Tuticorin-Chennai Pearl City Express and the Tiruvananthapuram-Chennai Egmore Ananthapuri Express were detained at Dindigul for more than four hours last night.

The Madurai-bound Pandiyan Express and Howrah-Kanniyakumari Express were detained at Srirangam and Tiruchirapalli Junction respectively. The detained trains left for their destination this morning, railway sources said.

The PWD sources said as some of the tanks in Manapparai area had breached, officials have rushed there to oversee the repairs.

Thanjavur recorded a maximum rainfall of 380.7 mm followed by Orthanadu 306 mm.

Rainfall recorded in other places in mm were: Tirumanur 271, Upper Anicut 210, Tiruchirapalli town 197.4, Manappari 196.2, Musiri 195.2, Ponnaniyar dam 177.4, Tiruchirapalli airport 172.6, Nandiyar 176, Needamangalam 170, Budalur 164.8, Lalgudi 153, Pullambadi 150.2 Mannargudi 143 and Samayapuram 140.

UNI

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