Madurai: Moderate rain in Theni, level rises in Periyar Dam

THENI: Despite moderate down pour in dam site, the level in the Periyar Dam increased almost by one foot, thanks to the sharp rise in the inflow on Saturday.

If this trend continued, the level in the dam would cross permissible levels shortly, opined officials in Public Works Department.

Monsoon effect: People taking cover under umbrellas to escape from the rain in Dindigul on Saturday.

They also stepped up the discharge to 1,200 cusecs to increase the storage level in the Vaigai dam.

Some areas within Cumbum valley received minor to moderate showers in the morning.

Rainfall was nil in several parts of the district.

The level in Vaigai dam rose marginally as quantum of inflow and the discharge were almost equal.


Intermittent showers paralysed routine life in Dindigul. But this rain was insufficient to increase storage in major dams but beneficial to rain-fed and perennial crops only, said agriculture officials.

The rainfall slumped to 49 mm within 24 hours, which was 102.95 mm on Friday.

The storage level remained the same in major dams in the district.

Inflow in to major dams in Palani taluk was very low, thanks to poor or no rain on Kodaikanal hill.

Total rainfall recorded at various places at 8 a.m. on Saturday in Theni and Dindigul districts in mm: Periyar 8, Thekkadi 7, Goodalur, 5, Uthamapalayam 4, Shanmuga Nadhi dam 5, Veerapandi and Vaigai dam 1 each, Dindigul 8.5, Nilakottai 4.2, Vedasandur Tobacco Research Station 9 Vedasandur Taluk Office 9.4, Oddanchatram 5, Kodaikanal observatory 3.9 and Kodaikanal Boat Club 5 and Palani 4. There was no rain in Natham.


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