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Coimbatore

Search on for student; rain forces closure of, schools for second day

Covai Post Network

Schools remained closed for second day today in Valparai, following heavy rain for the last 72 hours, even as search continues for a student washed away yesterday when he was bathing in a river.

With the onset of the South West monsoon, Valparai and surrounding areas in Coimbatore district experienced copious rain, due to which water levels in many rivers and dams were rising, official sources said.

Meanwhile, search continues for Mohammed, who was washed away in flag floods, when bathing after returning from school where holiday was declared after the rain.

People have been cautioned not to venture near rivers and move to safer places from low lying areas, following likelihood of flash floods. Alerts have also been put out to tourists and the public from going near Monkey Falls.

The administration declared a holiday for schools today also. The water level in Sholayar Dam rose to 72.74 feet this morning from 59.51 feet the previous day. Water level is also increasing in Siruvani dam, the main drinking water source for people in Coimbatore and gushing waters in Kovai Courtalam also forced the administration to prevent the public from going near it. The level in the Pilloor dam, another drinking water source, is also steadily increasing, going up to 89 ft from 86.5 ft.

Since there was an outgo of of 3,000 cubic ft, there was the possibility of Bhavani river in Mettupalayam overflowing and people have been asked to move to safer places, following a flood alert likely to be sounded, sources added.

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