Avalanche, a lake town 26 km from Udhagamandalam has recorded 82 cm rains in the last 48 hours between Tuesday and Thursday, the highest rainfall in Tamil Nadu in nearly a century.
Director of Chennai Met Department Puviarasan told reporters in Chennai on Thursday that this was the highest in a century, the previous high being 57 cm rains in 24 hours Cuddalore 1943.
He said the country’s highest rainfall in a century was recorded in Mumbai in 2005 when it received 94 cm in 24 hours.
The current deluge in Avalanche, aptly named, was because of heavy southwest monsoon rains in the Western Ghats whose influence was seen in Coimbatore as well in Bhavani where the reservoir is fast filling and the river is in spate.
Heavy rains have also been reported in Valparai in the Western Ghats where water has entered homes, reports said.
Udhagamandalam and surrounding areas have been receiving heavy rains for the six days and schools and colleges remain shut .
The monsoon showers in the Western Ghats led to heavy inflow of water into Kuttralam falls near Tirunelveli, leading to ban on tourists bathing there. It has affected the flow of tourists this season.