Heavy rains damage temporary bridge near Vedaranyam
A ground-level bridge used as an interim connecting point on Vedaranyam-Tiruthuraippoondi road near Neivialkku of Vedaranyam taluk came crumbling down after heavy rain in the region on Saturday morning.
To reach Thiruthuraippoondi in Tiruvarur district from Vedaranyam, there are two routes that are available for motorists. One road connects the towns via Kariyappattinam and another route connects both the places via Vaimedu.
On the first above mentioned route, the ground-level bridge was damaged by Saturday’s downpour. According to sources, as a river over-bridge is under construction for `2 crore at Neivilakku, one small groundlevel bridge was built with a hollow pipe culvert that has been damaged in the rains.
S Maruthamuthu, a local of Neivilakku, told Express, “The bridge was built by fixing a pipe culvert six months ago when the work was started to build the river over-bridge in Vedaranyam-Thiruthuraippoondi route. When the Vedaranyam region received 27 cm of rainfall on November 6, a portion of that ground-level bridge got dam- aged. Later, the State Disaster Response Force with help from the locals in Neivilakku renovated the bridge. While vehicular traffic was restored, the recent rainfall damaged the bridge completely.”
As a result, the buses are plying an additional 8 km through Kurvappulam to Thiruthuraippoondi and Vedaranyam.
Highest rainfall recorded
After a day’s break, heavy rainfall lashed Vedaranyam on Saturday night. The rainfall recorded in the region was 12 cm. Vedaranyam received the highest rainfall. The last time when it poured was last November and many low-lying areas in Thalainayar block were flooded and crops in 11,200 ha destroyed.
The bridge was built by fixing a pipe culvert six months ago. When Vedaranyam region received 27 cm of rainfall on November 6, a portion of that ground-level bridge got damaged S Maruthamuthu, Resident