Madurai: Water flow into Vaigai increases

Collector asks people living on the banks of the river to move to safer places

MADURAI: Collector N. Mathivanan has appealed to the public, who lived along the river banks, to move to safer places following rise in water flow into the Vaigai since Saturday night.

Continuous rain had resulted in rise in storage levels in Vaigai and Periyar dams. As a precautionary measure, Public Works Department officials discharged 3,000 cusecs from the Vaigai reservoir into the river, while 1,800 cusecs of water was released for irrigation into the Periyar Main Canal and provided another 80 cusecs for drinking water purpose.

great: The Vaigai is brimming with water thanks to heavy rain in catchment areas. — file Photo

According to a press release, Mr. Mathivanan held a review meeting with PWD engineers and revenue officials on the need for effective management of people and movement of materials to the needy in the wake of continuous rain. Utilising the rain, it was decided to ensure that all tanks in the district were filled. Apart from the RDO Usilampatti and Madurai, all tahsildars in the district have been instructed to get in touch with the PWD officials and coordinate in handling the situation. The corporation authorities made announcements through mobile public address system on the banks of the Vaigai on Sunday cautioning the people to move away to safer places. The cattle belonging to them should also be removed from the river side.

The sea-weeds on the river were removed on a war-footing after Union Minister M.K. Alagiri inspected the causeways adjoining the Arapalayam-Simakkal-Sellur areas two days ago.

With continuous rain, the flow into the Vaigai dam is likely to increase, which means, the discharge into the river would rise further in the next 24 hours, officials said.

Mr. Mathivanan visited Vaigai dam on Sunday for an on-the-spot inspection, an official said.

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Heavy rain lashes coastal areas of Tamil Nadu

Effect of another low pressure area over Comorin

CHENNAI: With the formation of yet another low pressure area (LPA) over Comorin and its neighbourhood on Saturday, heavy rain lashed the State’s coastal areas and Puducherry.

Noting that a trough from the LPA extended to the coast of Tamil Nadu-south Andhra Pradesh, the Meteorological Department, in its bulletin, stated that most places of coastal Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory would, on Sunday, receive rain or thundershowers. Many interior pockets of the State were also likely to get rain.

The origin of cyclonic storm Phyan, which crossed the coast of Maharashtra between Alibag and Mumbai on Wednesday, could be traced to the formation of an LPA over the same Comorin region on November 6.

This was responsible for Tamil Nadu receiving widespread rainfall during November 7-10.

The spell of rain, which resulted in the death of around 80 people, including 43 in the Nilgiris district, led to realisation of 19 cm rainfall all over the State. The normal amount of rainfall for the week ending November 11 is usually around 4 cm.

All the districts recorded excess rainfall in the week, with the Nilgiris leading. The western district registered 54 cm against the normal 4 cm, a deviation of 1,245 per cent. Chennai and Nagapattinam received 41 cm each (normal: 8.4 cm and 10 cm); Cuddalore — 40 cm (7.5 cm) and Kancheepuram — 36.3 cm (7.8 cm).

Tiruchi and Madurai recorded 15 cm and 16 cm (normal: 3.3 cm and 4 cm). The Union Territory of Puducherry received about 39 cm (10 cm).

As regards the season’s rainfall (October 1 to November 11), the State, as a whole, received 27.5 cm against the normal 25.6 cm, a deviation of seven per cent.

By meteorological standards, deviation in the range of minus 19 per cent to plus 19 per cent is considered normal. While seven districts each registered excess and deficient rainfall, 17 came under the category of normal.

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TN rain toll rises to 71, Ooty cut off

CHENNAI: As the northeast monsoons continued to lash several parts of Tamil Nadu, the death toll due to rains rose to 71, with the Nilgiris alone accounting for 43 deaths. With sheets of water inundating Ooty, Kotagiri and Coonoor towns, the picturesque Nilgiris wore a battered look. Landslips and heavy rains claimed 29 more lives in the hill district, taking the toll in the last two days to 43.

Uprooted trees and stagnating water blocked traffic and cut off the road link between Coonoor and Ooty even as land slips triggered a trail of house collapses and human tragedies. Two senior ministers, Veerapandi S Arumugam and Pongalur N Palanisamy, and a team of officials have rushed to the hill resort to oversee rescue and relief work.

Earlier in the day, chief minister M Karunanidhi held discussions with the chief secretary and senior officials on expediting relief works.

Nilgiris collector Anand Rao V Patil told TOI that six teams of fire service personnel were undertaking rescue operations along with 170 STF and Tamil Nadu Special Police personnel. More than 700 people had been accommodated in 10 camps across the district.

“All works related to rescue and relief operations in the district are going on well,” he said.

Nagercoil: Heavy rainfall affects normal life

Nagercoil: Normal life was thrown out of gear following heavy rains, which lashed different parts of the district on Monday. The school goers were put to untold hardship as the district administration had announced holiday for schools in different parts of the district only on Monday morning. The school students had to go to school only to return to their houses as the announcement was made only on Monday morning.

All the rivers in Kanyakumari district were overflowing and the farmers in the tail-end areas had undertaken agriculture operations in full swing.

The boat services to the Thiruvalluvar statue was cancelled on Monday following rough weather. However, the Poompuhar shipping corporation operated ferry services to Vivekanada Rock Memorial.

The seawater entered into the residential areas at AVM channel (Anatha Victoria Marthanda Varma channel) and hence people were forced to move to safer places.

The fishermen with Vallams and Catamarans did not venture into the sea in the last four days.

The water level in all the tanks and irrigation ponds were slowly increasing and rubber tapping and salt manufacturing were also affected owing to heavy rain.

The maximum amount rainfall received were: 42.6 mm in Boothapandi, followed by 39.5 mm in Surulode, 36.8 mm at Aralvoimozhi, 32.6 mm in Kannimar, 30.6 mm in Puthen dam, 30.2 mm in Perunchani, 28.4 mm in Nagercoil, 28 mm in Mullankinavilai, 25 mm in Chittar I and 20.8 mm in Chittar II.

The water level in Pechipprai dam stood at 27.95 feet, 49.95 feet in Perunchani, 7.25 feet in Chittar I and 7.35 feet in Chittar II.

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Vellore: Heavy rain

VELLORE: Heavy rain lashed Arakkonam, Ponnai Anaicut and Sholinghur areas on Sunday, with Arakkonam town recording the highest rainfall of 80 mm during the 24 hours ending 8.30 a.m. on Monday.

The rainfall recorded (in mm) in other parts of Vellore district during the same period are Ponnai Anaicut 53.6, Sholinghur 43, Melalathur 32.8, Alangayam 32, Vaniyambadi 30, Tirupattur 25.1, Walajapet 25, Vellore 23.5, Gudiyatham 23, Ambur 20 and Anaicut 16.4.

The Sun shined for a brief while in Vellore on Monday morning, only to be followed by rains after 11 a.m. — Special Correspondent

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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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Heavy inflow into lakes as rain lashes Salem and Namakkal

Officials asked to remain alert and monitor water level

SALEM: Salem and its suburbs experienced moderate to heavy showers on Saturday night and Sunday.

The rain brought cheer to people in the city, who had been reeling under a scorching sun till last week. Cloudy skies brought the soaring temperature down.

A number of parts in the district received heavy rain. Several streets in the city were flooded and sheets of rainwater stagnated on the roads.

Inundated: Sewage and rainwater overflowed from drainage channels and stagnated at Kitchipalayam in Salem owing to heavy rain on Saturday night. — Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

A number of tanks in Salem and Namakkal districts registered a sharp increase in the water level due to continuous downpour.

The Puthu Eri in Kannankurichi, Kumaragiri Lake in Ammapet, Panamarathupatti Lake and a few other water bodies located near Salem city witnessed heavy inflow.

The district administration directed the officials of public works, revenue and rural development departments to remain alert and monitor the water level in all the tanks and ponds.

The administration also instructed the officials to strengthen the bunds of water bodies and stock sand bags so that they could be quickly moved in case of breaches.

In the last 24-hour period ending 8 a.m. on Sunday, Gengavalli recorded a maximum rainfall of 40 mm.

Rainfall recorded in various other parts is as follows (in mm): Salem 13.4, Vazhapadi 17.4, Attur 31.6, Omalur 12.4, Mettur 13.1, Sankagiri 15.2 and Edapadi 13.

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