HEAVY RAIN IN PARTS OF THE NILGIRIS..(article in today’s The New Indian Express)TWO DIE DUE TO TREE FALLING IN THE NILGIRISP S SUNDAR @ CoonoorTwo persons died due to tree falling in two different places in The Nilgiris on Wednesday. Sadiq (40) died when a tree fell while he was on his bike in Finger Post in Ooty. Ravi (52) died on the spot when a tree fell on him in Sholur.Trees fell on the road and on electric wires in more than ten places due to rain and heavy wind in the district. Many parts suffered long hours of power outage. The Nilgiris Collector Innocent Divya asked people to remain indoors because of the rain and wind and to move to the nearby camps if there is any dangerously perched tree near their residence. She said that traffic in Ooty-Gudalur national highway would not be allowed till 6 am on Thursday. She along with the Monitoring Officer Supriya Sahu inspected the flood affected areas in Gudalur. The Collector said that 565 persons have been so far accommodated in nine camps. This included tribal people – 143 in Puyamana Vayal and 99 in Then Vayal hamlets. She said that 283 places have been identified to flood prone and people in those areas are being monitored for safety. The Collector disclosed that 32 members of National Disaster management team have already reached the district while the members of the state disaster relief team would arrive on Wednesday night. She said that as the meteorological department has warned of heavy rain the district till Aug 8, people can call toll free number 1077 for any help.The district received 2241.4 mm rainfall for the 24 hours ending Wednesday morning. Avalanche recorded 390 mm, Panthalur 161 mm, Emerald 145 mm, Cherankode 135 mm, Gudalur 128 mm, Devala 126 mm and Balacola 111 mm.

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