Coimbatore: A nightlong rainfall in the city and catchment areas of reservoirs in the western ghats increased the water flow to Siruvani and Pillur dams on Wednesday.
The entire day was cloudy, and rainfall resumed on Wednesday evening, bringing the temperature down by several degrees.
As the flow in the jungle streams and rivers from the western ghats swelled, the two popular tourist spots – Kovai Kutralam and Monkey Falls – were closed for visitors.
Kovai Kutralam had a sharp increase in water flow from Tuesday, forest officials said, adding that the temporary ban on visitors would remain until the water flow in the falls subsides.
In Valparai hills, which received more rainfall than the plains in the district, the downpour was accompanied by strong winds. People remained indoors for much of the day in places like Chinnakallar, Neera, Cinchona, Akkamalai, and Vellamalai. The residents had to suffer intermittent power suspension too in Valparai.
District collector Kranthi Kumar had ordered schools in Valparai to be closed owing to the torrential rainfall in the hills. Chinnakallar rain gauge station in Valparai received the highest rainfall of 198 mm followed by Cinchona which recorded 147 mm in 24 hours till Wednesday morning. In the plains, Siruvani foothills received the highest rainfall of 60mm, followed by Thondamuthur with 33mm. Incidentally, there was little rainfall in Mettupalayam and Annur.
Though there were occasional showers for the past ten days, Wednesday set the tone for the southwest monsoon’s torrential downpour.
Water flow in river Noyyal also increased considerably on Wednesday while the city roads turned slushy, and some parts were inundated. Nevertheless, there were no untoward incidents in the city.
The regional meteorological department has forecast a very heavy rainfall for the ghat areas of Coimbatore district for the next seven days. Coimbatore Corporation and the district administration authorities said they have taken precautionary measures to address emergencies.

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