In the last ten years from 2011 to 2020, this is the first time Coimbatore has received 70 mm of rains in the month of January. Also, such a heavy downpour of over 70 mm was recorded only on seven days in the last one decade.
“Such extreme rains, caused due to upper air circulation, is rather unusual in January. Till Friday, moderate to heavy rains may pour out by up to 10 mm,” said Dr SP Ramanathan, head of the Agro Climate Research Centre of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU). In 2020, the maximum rainfall received on a single day in Coimbatore was 38 mm on March 22.
The usual stagnation points of Avinashi Road flyover and Lanka Corner Bridge had a few feet of water.
Fire and Rescue Service personnel rescued a family trapped inside their house at Ammankulam area as the next building collapsed in the rains. Rain water mixing with sewage was reported from many areas in the city. Residents of Vattamalaipalayam near Thudiyalur staged a protest on Thursday morning protesting mixing of sewage with rainwater. Water in MGR vegetable market on Mettupalayam-Ooty Road and flower market caused inconvenience to the public. However, District Collector K Rajamani was found inspecting water logged areas and ordering action even past midnight.