Thanjavur: Heavy rain lashes districts in delta region

Holiday for Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Pudukottai

THANJAVUR: Heavy rain lashed Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts on Tuesday. Low-lying areas were inundated and water stagnation was reported in paddy fields in some areas. While so far there is no crop damage, continuation of rain hereafter may inundate and damage crops.

M. S. Shanmugham, Thanjavur Collector, said that agriculture department officials have been asked to make an assessment on Wednesday and take steps to save the standing samba crop by advising precautionary methods.

Samba crop is in different stages in the two districts and harvest is expected to commence from second week of January.

Rainfall recorded in the last 24 hours till eight a.m. on Tuesday: Muthupettai 91.4 mms, Tiruvarur 46.8 mms, Thanjavur 45 mms, Thiruthuraipoondi 44.6 mms, Pattukottai 38 mms, Valangaiman 37.5 mms, Needamangalam 36 mms, Madukkur 31 mms, Orathanadu 29 mms, Nannilam 27.5 mms, Mannargudi 27 mms, Kodavasal 23.6 mms, Kumbakonam 18.5 mms and Papanasam 14 mms.

Nagapattinam

The week-long rain that lashed the district promised some respite with the retreat of the cyclone. However, with just few hours of sunny weather on Sunday, rain continued relentlessly into its second week here in the district.

Thirupoondi, Sirkazhi, Nagapattinam and other parts of district experienced heavy rain throughout the day on Tuesday. Roads and housing colonies in low-lying areas were inundated.

Union Territory of Karaikal experienced intermittent but heavy rain through the day.

Vedaranyam recorded the maximum rainfall of 189.8 mm in the last 24 hours that ended at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. The following are the chief amounts of rainfall in the district: Manalmedu 48.4mm, Thalainayar 48.2 mm, Nagapattinam 44.6 mm, Mayiladuturai 42 mm, Thirutharaipoondi 30 mm, Tharangambadi 26.6 mm, Sirkazhi 13.1 mm, Kollidam 12 mm, with the recorded average rainfall of 50.52 mm.

A holiday has been declared for schools in Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Pudukottai districts on Wednesday.

Mr. Shanmugham and M.Chandrasekaran, Collector of Tiruvarur district, have issued orders for closure of the schools on Wednesday.

In Nagapattinam, exams scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed to January 4, according to an official press release.

All schools will remain closed in Pudukottai district , according to Collector A. Suganthai.

From THE HINDU

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