Heavy rains lashed some coastal areas of Ramanathapuram on Friday night, throwing normal life out of gear. Rameswaram and neighbouring coastal areas of Pamban and Thangachimadam experienced heavy downpour.
Though rains brought a chill in the weather to the delight of people, power outages since Thursday night tested their patience. Supply resumed only on Saturday noon and according to Tangedco sources, the three days’ consecutive rains in the coastal areas have caused ‘invisible defects’ to electricity poles and transformers.
According to Ramanathapuram Collector Dinesh Ponraj Oliver, Rameswaram recorded a maximum rainfall of 113 mm until 8 a.m. on Saturday, Thangachimadam received 65 mm and Pamban 53 mm. The rainfall caused minor waterlogging in some low-lying areas. Of 7,860 people accommodated in 89 relief shelters on Friday night, 2,000 are yet to return. According to N Devadoss, president, Rameswaram Fishermen Association, 32 mechanised boats anchored at Kunthukal near Pamban were damaged over the last two days.