Rains play havoc on Coonoor town, nearby areas

Udhagamandalam, Nov 17 (PTI) Heavy downpour playedhavoc on Coonoor in Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu with majorlandslides occurring in over 10 locations and more than 15vehicles washed away in flash-floods thereby paralysing normallife.

The incessant rains from Saturday evening led tolandslides and uprooting of trees on the Coonoor-MettupalayamHighway. The showers caused a flash-flood in a river,administration sources said.

One autorickshaw, two cars and 16 two-wheelers parkedin the residential areas were swept away in the floodwaterswhich entered several shops and houses in low-lying areas,they said.

However, no casualties were reported so far, theysaid.

Coonoor recorded over 15 cm rains in the last 24hours. Motorists were asked to avoid the highway due tolandslides and the traffic was diverted through Kothagiri,they said.

The restoration works have begun on a warfooting.

Superintendent of Police Prem Kumar visited the area,where traffic was diverted. PTI NVM CORNVG NVG