Tirunelveli: Water level in Papanasam Dam crosses 100 feet mark

More than 25 houses damaged in Sivagiri and Sankarankovil in heavy rain

TIRUNELVELI: Even as Sivagiri in the district received 237 mm rainfall on Saturday, water level in Papanasam Dam, one of the three major reservoirs here, crossed the 100 feet mark on Saturday evening, bringing cheers among the farmers.

Sivagiri and Sankarankovil, which hitherto failed to register significant rainfall after the northwest monsoon set in a week ago, experienced heavy rainfall on Saturday. However, the downpour damaged more than 25 houses in these two taluks in the past 24 hours that ended with 8 a.m.

Water level in Papanasam Damcrossed 102.70 feet on Sunday evening while theServalar Dam had 128 feet water. Manimuthar Dam water level stood at 91 feet on Sunday evening.

IN SPATE: A view of the swollen Tamirabharani river at Authoor in Tuticorin district on Sunday. — Photo: N. Rajesh

When the residents of Kalakkad blocked traffic on Sunday demanding immediate compensation to the damaged houses, the police and revenue officials came to the spot and pacified the protestors with the assurance that relief measures would be taken immediately.

Waterfalls at Courtallam are still flowing dangerously and tourists were prevented from taking bath. Water level in the dams (in feet) are: Papanasam – 102.70, Manimuthar – 91, Servalar – 128, Gadana – 83, Ramanadhi – 82, Karuppanadhi – 70.21, Gundar – 36, Adavinainar – 96.50, Vadakku Pachchaiyaar – 29, Nambiyar – 10.95 and Kodumudiyar – 42.

Rainfall in the district (in mm): Sivagiri – 237, Sankarankovil – 98, Papanasam – 60, Manimuthar – 56, Shencottai – 51, Aayikudi – 26.60, Tenkasi – 23, Nanguneri – 20, Palayamkottai – 18.20, Alangulam – 16, Tirunelveli and Radhapuram – 14 and Ambasamudram – 11.

Tuticorin

Heavy rain lashed several parts of the district for the fourth consecutive day here on Sunday.

Five houses in Tiruchendur, three in Srivaikuntam and two in Ottapidaram were reported partially damaged and one house in Tiruchendur collapsed.

Chilly winds accompanied by the incessant rain forced the residents to remain indoors. Many roads were inundated.

The sky remained overcast throughout the day. The maximum rainfall of 90 mm was recorded in Vanchchi Maniyachi. The rainfall recorded in mm in various stations of the district were: Tiruchendur – 31; Kayathar – 40; Kulasekarapattinam ; Vilathikulam – 12; Kadalkudi – 13; Vaipar – 29; Surangudi – 17; Kadambur – 77; Kalugumalai – 83; Kovilpatti – 71; Ottapidaram – 44; Vednatham – 40; Keelaarasaradi – 56; Ettayapuram – 44; Sathankulam – 36; Srivaikuntam – 22 and Tuticorin – 15.9 mm.

Nagercoil

Heavy rain continued to lash various parts of the district and the sky remained overcast throughout the district.

The maximum rainfall recorded of 65 mm was recorded at Chittar I. The others are: Chittar II-57, Pechipparai-50, Kottaram-31, Puthen dam-30, Surulode -25.3, Kannimar-18 and Boothapandi-13.

Water level in the dams (in feet): Pechipprai- 26.75, Perunchani- 48.15; Chittar I- 6.78 and Chittar II-6.85.

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