Papanasam, Manimuthar dams to surplus in few days

Moderate rain in Tuticorin; seven houses damaged in Tiruchendur

TIRUNELVELI: After a brief lull, the district experienced intermittent drizzle on Wednesday even as major reservoirs such as Papanasam and Manimuthar dams are likely to surplus within the next few days, provided the spell continues in the catchment areas.

As water level in the Servalar dam reached 148.29 feet against its maximum capacity of 156 feet, the inflow is being diverted to Papanasam dam.

While water level at Papanasam dam, having a maximum storage level of 143 feet, reached 135 feet on Wednesday morning, Manimuthar dam had 104 feet of water against its maximum capacity of 118 feet.

It’s back: People protecting themselves with umbrellas following a sudden downpour in Tuticorin on Wednesday. — Photo: N. Rajesh

Since the flow into Papanasam dam was 2,900 cusecs on Wednesday and intermittent drizzle continued in the afternoon, the dam is likely to surplus within the next 48 hours.

However, the flow into the Manimuthar dam dwindled to 1,150 cusecs even as the level in the largest dam of the district stood at 104 feet and the dam is likely to reach its full capacity of 118 feet after a week or so.

Meanwhile, Collector M. Jayaraman, who has been convening a series of meetings of the officials during the past one week to assess the situation, has put the official machinery on high alert. Since he himself surprisingly visits the vulnerable points during the past 15 days to check whether his subordinates were prepared to meet any eventuality, the officials are monitoring the situation, particularly along the watercourse of Tamirabharani round-the-clock.

Tuticorin

Moderate rainfall accompanied by thunder and lighting lashed various parts of the district since the morning of Wednesday. Normal life was thrown out of gear following the continuous downpour.

From 7.30 a.m. to 9 a.m. there was a heavy spell followed by intermittent drizzles. Low lying areas were inundated and many roads became muddy. Seven houses were damaged in Tiruchendur.

Rainfall recorded (in mm) in various places in the district: Kadambur – 9, Kovilpatti – 7.8; Tuticorin – 1.4 and Sathankulam – 7.

From THE HINDU

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