|Rain hits Sivakasi on Chithirai Pongal Kayirukuthu|
Rain hits Sivakasi on Chithirai Pongal Kayirukuthu
For the fourth consecutive day, Sivakasi receives heavy rainfall rainfall on Kayirukuthu Festival, on 10th May 2017, Wednesday. After the year 2015, Sivakasi hit with record rainfall. Record rains cause heavy flooding in Sivakasi town. Heavy rain for three hours from 4:45 p.m. resulted in flash floods in Sivakasi and Thiruthangal areas. The sudden, steady and heavy downpour accompanied with lightnings and thunders, which began late on 10th May evening, caught many by surprise. Several Sivakasians who were stuck in the rain for hours walked through knee deep water to reach their destinations. Many reside in Badrakaliamman temple and got good darshan of amman for several hours. The drainage was overflowed and there was inadequate anti-flooding arrangements made in the town. With power supply cut off in most parts of Sivakasi, due to fallen trees and branches, it highly affected the routine life of Sivakasians. Thousands of tvs, dvd players, ups were damaged due to lightnings, in Sivakasi.
Around 25 shops were placed near Badrakaliamman Kovil, for Chithirai Pongal festival and the rain affects all the stalls. With sudden occurrence of heavy rainfall, roadside vendors found it difficult to protect their wares. Devotees who were thronging Badrakaliamman temple ran helter-skelter in search of some shield to cover from rain. Very few devotees visited after the rain, at fireworks display show. And the fireworks display show held only for 10 minutes between 09:10 p.m. to 09:20 p.m.. Chithirai Pongal roadside vendors suffered loss of business due to rainfall.