Madurai: Rains bring huge inflow to Periyar, Vaigai dams

MADURAI: Incessant overnight rain in the catchment areas pushed the water level in both Periyar and Vaigai reservoirs up abruptly on Sunday. Seven out of 22 rain gauge stations recorded over 100 mm of rainfall in the Periyar-Vaigai basin.

Inflow to Periyar dam, which was 11,382 cusecs in the morning, increased to around 14,000 cusecs, according to Public Works Department sources. However, the inflow to Vaigai dam swelled manifold from 2,230 cusecs in the morning to around 30,753 cusecs at 12.45 p.m. It came down marginally thereafter.

In the last 24 hours, water level in the Periyar dam rose by 4.40 feet and stood at 125.60 feet (permissible maximum level is 136 feet). It went up to 128.30 feet in the afternoon.

ALL RUBBLE NOW: Debris being cleared from the remains of a house which collapsed due to incessant rain at a locality near Simmakkal on Sunday. — Photo: S. James

The level in the Vaigai dam which was 59.25 feet (71 feet) in the morning touched 61.30 feet in the afternoon.

In the impact of monsoon, the combined Periyar credit has swelled by 1,204 mcft in the last four days and stood at 5,979 mcft.

Rainfall

Gudalur recorded the highest rainfall in the region with 194 mm followed by Tekkadi 190, Uthamapalayam 137, Marudhanadi 122, Shanmuganadi 120, Peranai 104.5, Periyar dam 102.10, Sothuparai dam 86, Manjalar dam 85, Sittampatti 71, Madurai 69.20, Vaigai dam 65, Mettupatti 64, Veerapanadi 61, Kallandiri 58, Andipatti 53, Melur and Idayapatti 52 mm each, Thaniyamangalam 50, Sattaiyar dam 38.5, Pulipatti 35 and Kuppanamaptti 20.2 mm.

House collapse

A two-storey residential-cum-commercial building near Thaikkal collapsed following steady rain throughout the night. Fortunately, all the 11 inmates in the first and second floor of the building escaped unhurt. “The building collapsed at around 4 a.m. minutes after all the inmates came out,” said former Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam councillor Bose.

The building, constructed along the Anuppanadi channel, was at least four decades old, he said.

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Chennai: Rainwater receding, but challenges remain

Limitations of infrastructure, particularly stormwater drain network, come to the fore

CHENNAI: Heavy rain for nearly two days, some areas better off, some still under water and residents struggling to come to terms with the aftermath. This sums up the impact of the first major spell of this year’s northeast monsoon in the city.

With the monsoon set to be active for the next few weeks, there are more challenges to be met as the limitations of the infrastructure, particularly the stormwater drain network, came to the fore since the heavy rain began on Friday.

The rainfall during the 24-hour period ending 8.30 a.m. on Sunday was 123.3 mm in Nungambakkam and 132.5 mm in Meenambakkam. But in the next 12 hours the two observatories recorded only 5.8 mm and 6 mm respectively, which proved to be a saving grace.

Steering to safety: Firemen rescuing marooned residents of Vyasarpadi on Sunday.— Photo: M.Vedhan

According to the Meteorology Department, the low-pressure area over Cape Comorin has moved and now lies over Lakshadweep and its neighbourhood. “We can expect a gradual decrease in rain for the time being. On Monday, a few spells of rain or thundershowers are likely in the city,” an official said.

Playing it safe and given the fact that many of the residential areas continue to be inundated, a number of private schools have declared a holiday on Monday.

The areas where roads were waterlogged on Sunday include Ayanavaram, Otteri, Velachery, Karapakkam and Vyasarpadi.

But in most areas, the emphasis was on rescue operations. In areas near Vyasarpadi Jeeva railway station, Fire and Rescue Service personnel used inflatable boats to shift around 200 persons from inundated localities.

Apart from seeking solutions for the inundation, residents questioned the timing of agencies to take up improvement work, such as that on Taramani Link Road. They also blamed the encroachments in canals and water bodies for the situation.

Virugambakkam resident C.V. Krishnan said many in the area worried about flooding of Virugambakkam Canal. “We are waiting and watching with great apprehension as to what will happen now.”

In a sign of things ahead, the Corporation on Sunday transported catamarans to waterlogged areas of west Velachery such as AGS Colony. Fire tenders with inflatable boats have been stationed for 24 hours in 13 places, including Ram Nagar in Velachery, Kargil Nagar in Tiruvottiyur, CTO Colony in Tambaram, Ranjit Street in Kotturpuram, Koyambedu bus terminus, Haddows Road in Egmore and Valluvar Kottam.

Traffic snarls near the Vadapalani and Koyambedu junctions due to the waterlogged roads marred the holiday mood for many. But the residents of Vadapalani, Saligramam and Virugambakkam were relieved to see the receding water level on the roads soon after the rains became intermittent from Sunday morning.

But in Ambattur, water from C.T.H. Road overflowed on to the streets and complaints to the Municipal officials did not elicit any response, said T. Gunaseelan of Varadharajapuram.

C.G. Mercylin, an industrialist in Mogappair, said that several roads in the area were inundated. The Ambattur Municipality had desilted a small portion of stormwater drains on Saturday on Wavin Road but with more rain predicted waterlogged roads in Mogappair Industrial Estate are inevitable, he said.

Despite the culvert below the Kadapa Road in Kolathur, which is the main link between the city and Ambattur, Madhavaram and Retteri, rainwater continues to flood the road. Residents here said they worried about driving after dark as there were no street lights.

Trees fall

Heavy rain on Saturday night also resulted in a spate of incidents in which trees crashed onto cars. A survey of the weak and dead trees would have prevented the accidents, eye witnesses said.

A dead tree fell on a moving car on Cenotaph Road and slowed down traffic for sometime. All four occupants of the vehicle escaped with minor injuries.

In another incident, in Golden Jubilee apartment complex on Padi Kuppam Road, Anna Nagar, a Gulmohar tree fell on a parked car. A tree on 5th Avenue in Anna Nagar was uprooted on Saturday morning. A resident said that had the Corporation pruned the trees before the onset of the monsoon, the 50-year old tree could have been saved.

Water supply

Chennai Metrowater officials said the rainfall in the last 24 hours had brought in inflow into reservoirs enough to supply water more than a fortnight. But, it would take several days of heavy rain before the reservoirs reach their full capacity. The agency has doubled the level of chlorination in water distribution stations.

The agency’s sewage pumping stations are currently taking in an additional load of rainwater along with sewage. In an effort to prevent spread of water-borne diseases, Metrowater has increased chlorination of water from its distribution stations. The agency has made available chlorine tablets in its depots for public use.

Chennai Corporation also distributed 35,533 chlorine tablets in areas such as K.M. Garden, Royapettah, Vyasarpadi, Tondiarpet and Perambur where water had stagnated. One tablet can be used for 20 litres of water. It also undertook patch work on 160 major roads.

Commuters had to contend with autorickshaw drivers who demanded exorbitant rates to carry passengers short stretches.

Kancheepuram

In Kancheepuram, Collector Santosh K. Misra visited flood-prone areas of Orikkai and Thirukalimedu.

Residents of Orikkai, a hamlet on the southern outskirts, said rainwater had entered their houses, as the inflow into the nearby Orikkai Lake had increased. Mr. Misra directed the village panchayat president and officials to create stormwater drain facility in the area.

(With inputs from R. Sujatha, K. Lakshmi, S. Aishwarya, Ajai Sreevatsan, T. Madhavan, K. Manikandan, Petlee Peter, Deepa H. Ramakrishnan and V. Venkatasubramanian)

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Madurai: Heavy rain wreaks havoc in various districts

Rivers swelling in Theni district; devotees stranded at temple

THENI: Torrential rains that lashed the district till Sunday afternoon have wreaked a havoc by flooding rivers, damaging four huts in Gudalur and paralysing routine life in all towns and villages.

One person, along with his two-wheeler, was washed away in flash floods in Mullaperiyar river near C. Pudhupatti in Cumbum valley. Flood water was flowing furiously over the road-bridge across the river near the village.

BOUNTY TURNS BANE: Aiyarmadam tank in Ramanathapuram brimming with water on Sunday. — PHOTO: L. BALACHANDAR AND G. KARTHIKEYAN

Almost all rivers in the district are in spate. Water entered Uppukottai village, inundating several houses. Traffic was disrupted for an hour at Uthamapalayam as an old tree fell on the highway owing to a gale. Flood water gushing in Vaigai river was almost touching the bottom of an over-bridge at Kunnoor.

People residing at several villages along the river bank had been asked to move to places of safety. It is feared that water might flow above the bridge in the evening or night.

Over 35 devotees, mostly women and children, who assembled at Sri Karuppusamy Temple on the other side of Mullaperiyar river near Palanichettipatti were stranded owing to the flash floods. Fire service and rescue personnel were deployed to rescue stranded pilgrims. Collector P. Muthuveeran rushed to the spot and supervised rescue operation. He inspected flood affected areas at Uppukottai and other villages till Uthamapalayam.

Dindigul

The district received 726.65 mm rain on Saturday night. Residents at Kuttikaradu near Varadhamanadhi dam were stranded as road connectivity was completely snapped owing to flash flood in Varadhamanadhi river.

With an inflow of 3,400 cusecs, Varadhamanadhi dam in Palani taluk has started swelling since last night, owing to torrential rains in Kodaikanal hills that recorded 154 mm rain. The entire inflow into the dam has been drained into the river. All dams in Palani taluk have started receiving good inflow. Rain was also heavy at the dam sites.

Vaigai river in spate at Kunnur near Theni. — PHOTO: L. BALACHANDAR AND G. KARTHIKEYAN

Total rainfall recorded at various places in the district at 8 a.m. on Sunday in mm: Varadhamanadhi dam 227, Kudiraiyaru dam 195, Parappalar dam 156, Palar-Porundhalar dam 57, Dindigul 42, Nilakottai 56.5, Natham 67, Vedasandur Tobacco Research Station 42, Vedasandur Taluk Office 42.3, Oddanchatram 84, Kodaikanal Observatory 154.6 and Kodaikanal Boat Club 143.75 and Palani 94.

Ramanathapuram

The current spell of rain has claimed two lives, including that of a daily wage worker, in Ramanathapuram district on Sunday.

Vijayarani (40), wife of Ramu of Mavilangai near Chathirakudi, was electrocuted when she came into contact with a live wire lying near her house. An unidentified 27-year-old man was electrocuted at Erikadu in Rameswaram. It was said that a live wire fell on him when he was walking on the street.

Thirty-eight houses have either fully or partially damaged due to torrential rain in the district. Ramanathapuram taluk alone accounted for 32 houses. Three and two huts were damaged in Thiruvadanai and Kadaladi respectively. One house was damaged in Paramakudi.

Thirty anchored country boats, 23 from Keelamunthal coast near Kadaladi, had been damaged by huge waves in and around Valinokkam.

Collector T.N. Hariharan said that Rs.1 lakh would be given to the next of kin of Vijayarani under the National Calamity Relief Fund. Cash compensation to the other victim could be given only after identifying him.

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Board has asked the people to exercise care whenever they find electric wire lying on streets or fields. The Superintending Engineer has requested the people to inform immediately to the EB authorities if they see wires in their nearby localities. Children were advised not to touch iron rods that were connected with electric posts.

A few tanks in Ramanathapuram have been brimming due to the continuous rain for the last one week. Neelakandi tank and Aiyar Madam tank were among those which got good inflow.

Virudhunagar

Widespread rainfall was recorded in many parts of Virudhunagar district on the night of Saturday. Rajapalayam registered 138.20 mm followed by Srivilliputtur 98, Virudhunagar 97, Pulipatti 80.6, Sivakasi 66.8, Sattur 57, Watrap 55, Aruppukottai 54.6, Tiruchuzhi 47.6, Vembakottai 44.3 and Kariyapatti 40.2 mm.

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Ooty: Heavy rain triggers landslips in Nilgiris

Holiday declared for education institutions

Udhagamandalam: Torrential rain on Saturday night triggered a number of major and minor landslips in the Nilgiris. The downpour continued on Sunday also.

The district administration has declared a holiday for schools and colleges on Monday. Railway sources told The Hindu that train services between Mettupalayam and Udhagamandalam were cancelled on Sunday.

Rainfall

Ketti recorded a rainfall of 210 mm, Coonoor 141 mm, Upper Bhavani 135, Kundah 120, Kotagiri 109, Emerald 107, Kodanad 106, Udhagamandalam 100, Glenmorgan 98, Avalanchi 93, Kinnakorai 90, Geddhai 74 and Burliar 70.

A house at Gandhinagar on the Ooty-Lovedale road was damaged in the landslip on Sunday morning.

Even as rescue operations were in progress another landslip occurred a few metres away injuring Saravanan (35) and Thirumoorthy (24) of Lovedale. They were admitted to a hospital.

Officials said that 19 houses in various parts of the district were partly damaged. Storm water entered many houses at MGR Nagar and TDK Pillay road in Coonoor and Old Ooty here. Flood affected families were removed to safe places and basic requirements provided.

Road block

Electric posts were damaged at Jayanthi Nagar, near Wellington.

Trees fell across the road at a number of places, including Aruvankadu and Westbrooke, near Kotagiri. Power supply was disrupted in some places including Coonoor.

Residents of Coonoor said that though the heavy rain had affected normal life, it has helped ease the water supply situation.

Owing to the inclement weather, roads in Udhagamandalam, Coonoor and Kotagiri wore a deserted look. Majority of the tourists preferred to stay indoors.

Control room

A control room has started functioning at the Collectorate, officials said.

The Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, A. Raja, the Khadi Board Minister, K. Ramachandran, and the Nilgiris Collector, Anandrao V. Patil, visited a number of rain affected areas.

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Dharmapuri : Heavy Rain

Dharmapuri: Heavy rain lashed Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts on Sunday morning.

The Dharmapuri Collectorate recorded a maximum rainfall of 19 mm on Sunday morning followed by Harur – 12.5 mm, Palacode – 12 mm, Pappireddipatti – 11 mm, Pennagaram – 6 mm and Dharmapuri – 5 mm. The total rainfall in the district was 46.50 mm, sources said.

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Tamilnadu: Paddy crop in 13,927 hectares inundated in Nagapattinam

NAGAPATTINAM: The week-long torrential rain has inundated paddy crop in an estimated area of 13,927 hectares in Nagapattinam district, with Sirkazhi, Kollidam and Sembanarkovil being the worst affected.

About 1,350 cusecs of water was flowing through the Melayur Check Dam. If the rain continued like this for two more days, the crops would be lost, farmers fear.

Collector C.Munianathan inspected the drainage of water at the Kaliappanallur Manjalaru channel and inundated fields at Aakorru-Mukootu, Pandaravaadai, Thalachangadu, Melayur, Sirkazhi, Perundhottam, Sithai, Neythal Vaasal, Keezhayur and Thiruvenkaadu.

At Tharangambadi, he visited the point of confluence of Nandalaru and Kannapan Moolai Channel to inspect the draining of flood water.

Further, to contain the situation, the Public Works Department has stocked 2.33 lakh sand bags and 1,700 casuarina logs. Efforts are under way to drain water that has logged in low-lying areas. A 24-hour control room for flood-related information is operational at the Collectorate on the phone number 1077.

About 124 km of roads belonging to the Public Works Department and 52 minor bridges were damaged in the torrential rain. It has damaged 14 houses too. Two persons reportedly injured in wall collapses were provided with an assistance of Rs.2,500. Further, 23 cattle were reportedly killed. The Collector has directed the payment of compensation.

Meanwhile, several parts of Nagapattinam district continued to receive intermittent rain on Sunday. The major amount of rainfall recorded in various parts of the district till 8.30 a.m. on Sunday were as follows: Tharangambadi 110.50 mm, Mayiladuthurai 160.60 mm, Thalainayar 123.40 mm, Thiruthiraipoondi 171 mm, Sirkazhi 236 mm, Nagapattinam 114.80 mm, Vedaranyam 55.60 mm, Kollidam 181 mm, Manalmedu 117.80 mm. The district recorded an average rainfall of 141.19 mm.

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Heavy rain in Vellore

VELLORE: Vellore town received heavy rain on Sunday morning, inundating several thoroughfares. After 11 a.m., the rain was intermittent, and the sky cleared for sometime in the afternoon. However, rain started again after 6 p.m.

Heavy rain was also reported from other parts of Vellore district on Sunday.

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