Tamilnadu: Rain in Nagercoil

Death toll increases to three

Brick kiln work, salt production and latex tapping affected

A casual worker died when his house collapsed

NAGERCOIL: Heavy rain lashed various parts of the district for the second day particularly in the catchement areas on Monday and the death toll increased to three.

According to sources, Ponnappan (67) at Thoppuvilai near Rajakkamangalam, a casual worker was in his house at Paruthivilai, when the house collapsed. Ponnappan was rushed to Kanyakumari Government Medical College Hospital at Asaripallam. However, he died without responding to the treatment.

All rivers including Pazhayaru, Valliyaru, Kuzuthurai etc were flooded and the people, residing on the river banks were asked to move to safer places.

The water was swiftly increasing to all the irrigation and other tanks particularly in Putheri, Theroor, Sadayan, Suchindrum, Parakkai tanks witnessed full capacity.

The district administration has directed the officials of Public Works Department to meet out any eventuality due to rain. The Executive Engineer of Water Resource Organization, Cyril Christopher, said that all the tanks in the district have adequate water and there are enough sand bags and wooden logs to plug breaches.

Puthenar channel was overflowing. However, the situation was brought under control.

Brick kiln work was affected in Thovalai, Aralvoimozhi and in and around Chembagaramanputhur.

The price of one brick was increased from Rs. 3.10 to 3.60. Moreover, the tapping of latex in Kulaseakaram, Thirparrappu, Kalikesam, Emalokam, Keeripparai, Thiruvattar, Kaliyal etc was affected owing to heavy rain.

Similarly, salt production at Swamithoppu, Palkulam and Vattakottai was affected and producers could not transport the salt to other districts.

Water Level

Water level (in feet): Pechipparai dam stood at 31.95, 55.10 in Perunchani, Chittar I stood at 9.64 in and 9.74 in Chittar II.

From THE HINDU

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