Formation of low pressure to bring more rains to TN

Chennai: After a lull in rain activity, formation of a low pressure over the Indian Ocean (Comerin) area would bring more rains to Tamil Nadu especially in the coastal region on Sunday, weather officials said in Chennai on Saturday.

“A low pressure has formed off Comerin area near Indian ocean and under its influence rain or thunder showers would occur at most places over coastal Tamil Nadu region,” they said, adding that isolated heavy rain is also likely to occur over Kerala, Lakshadweep, south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema during the same period.

Fishermen have been warned not to venture out into the sea since strong onshore winds with speed reaching 45-55 km/hr is likely along off Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast, they said.


Rain continues in Tirunelveli; low-lying areas inundated

Officials take steps to evacuate the affected people to safer places

TIRUNELVELI: With intermittent drizzle continuing in the district, surplus water of 21,000 cusecs discharged from Gadana and Ramanadhi dams and about 9,000 cusecs of rainwater from the forests that mixed with the Tamirabharani entered low-lying areas close to the river on Monday forcing the officials to evacuate the affected people to safer places.

As the Gadana and Ramanadhi dams reached their maximum storage level of 85 feet and 84 feet respectively on Sunday evening, the surplus water of 21,000 cusecs was discharged from the reservoirs.

When the rainwater from the forest areas of Western Ghats and the plains entered the Tamirabharani, the quantum of surplus water entering the perennial river rose to 30,000 on Sunday night.

Following this, people living in the low-lying areas close to the river were alerted and asked to move to safer places.

School girls taking shelter under the umberllas following heavy rain in Tuticorin. — Photos: A. Shaikmohideen & N. Rajesh

Thirty families from Indra Nagar near Alwarkurichi were shifted to the Karuththapillaiyoor community hall after floodwater entered their hamlet on Sunday night.

Similarly, a good number of families from Kailaasapuram and Meenakshipuram in Tirunelveli Junction were moved to safer places.

“Officials from the Revenue and Public Works departments have been asked to monitor the situation round-the-clock and provide food and shelter to the affected and the displaced,” District Collector M. Jayaraman told reporters.


Since Tenkasi and Shencottai taluks registered good rainfall on Sunday, Collector declared a holiday on Monday for the schools in Tenkasi Educational District.

He also ordered the transport corporation officials to operate a couple of buses from the schools to the actual destinations till the rain recedes.

All waterfalls at Courtallam were flowing dangerously for the sixth consecutive day, causing floods in the Chittaar River.

Villagers of Keezhapuliyoor were taking efforts to save the irrigation tank in their hamlet from a possible breach as it was brimming with water.

While 10 houses in Tenkasi taluk suffered extensive damage due to the rains, three houses in Shencottai taluk were damaged.

Out of gear: Residents of Kailasapuram leaving their houses on Monday after water from Tamirabharani river entered their hamlet; — Photos: A. Shaikmohideen & N. Rajesh

Though sporadic drizzle continues to drench the district for the past few days following a low pressure in the Bay of Bengal, only 319 of the 2,000-odd irrigation tanks – both systemised and non-systemised – in the district had reached the maximum storage levels while 214 other tanks had got only 75 per cent water.

Plugging breach

Meanwhile, officials from Departments Revenue and Public Works were working overtime to plug the breach in the Pattakulam, Pattakurichikulam and in a portion of the Nishabanadhi.


“Public may contact 1077 in case of any emergency so that timely action can be possible,” Mr. Jayaraman said.

Water level in dams (in feet): Papanasam – 104.80, Servalar – 132.05, Manimuthar – 91.50, Gadana – 83, Ramanadhi – 82, Karuppanadhi – 70.21, Gundar – 36, Vadakku Pachchaiyaar – 31, Adavinainar – 97.17, Nambiyar – 11.35, Kodumudiyar – 43.65.

Rainfall recorded in the district (in mm) – Shencottai – 131, Alangulam – 50.40, Tenkasi – 34.10, Ambasamudram – 30, Aayikudi – 28.60, Nanguneri – 27, Radhapuram – 24, Tirunelveli and Palayamkottai – 20, Sivagiri – 13 and Sankarankovil – 9.


Heavy rain continued to lash several parts of the district for the fifth consecutive day here on Monday.

The normal life was badly hit following the continuous downpour.

Many low lying areas and roads were inundated.

A maximum rainfall of 59 mm was recorded in Kayathar.

Rainfall recorded (in mm) in various stations of the district were Tiruchendur – 20; Kayalpattinam – 15; Kulasekarapattinam – 13; Vilathikulam – 12; Kadalkudi – 23; Vaipar – 32; Surangudi- 30.2; Kadambur – 32; Kalugumalai – 50.2; Kovilpatti – 11; Ottapidaram – 15.2; Vanchchi Maniyachi – 24; Vedanatham – 20; Keelaarasaradi – 20; Ettayapuram – 20; Sathankulam – 20; Srivaikuntam – 22 and Tuticorin – 24.9.


India – Karnataka Waits For Good Rain, Inflow

BANGALORE: The meeting of energy secretaries of riparian states in Chennai on Monday triggered the demand by Tamil Nadu to Karnataka to release 20 TMC ft of water, as there have been no releases for two months.

* Karnataka’s stand: The target will be met if there is good inflow into the KRS and Kabini in the next couple of days

Month — Stipulated quantum — Released

June — 10.16 TMC ft — 4.94 TMC ft

July — 42.76 TMC ft — 38.71 TMC ft

August — 54.72 TMC ft — 18.75 TMC ft (till August 18)

No smooth flow

* By the end of August, Karnataka has to release 107.64 TMC ft to Tamil Nadu as per the 1991 interim order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal

* As on Tuesday, water released by the state is 62.4 TMC ft. Poor rain and depletion of water levels at KRS and Kabini have hindered the state from adhering to the set target

* The state has to abide by the 1991 interim order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal and release 205 TMC ft from June 1 to May 31 (water year) every year. Every month, water has to be released on a weekly basis in four equal instalments

* As per the Tribunal’s final verdict in 2007, Karnataka has to release 192 TMC ft to TN. As the riparian states have gone for an appeal before the Supreme Court, as of now, the interim order is being followed by the riparian states. In 2008-09, Karnataka adhered to the norms and released 205 TMC ft to Mettur dam in TN

Power projects

Four hydel power projects in the Cauvery basin are in the cold storage for several years due to lack of consensus between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The projects are:

* Shivanasamudra (2 x 135 MW), Mekedatu (2 x 200 MW), Hogenakkal (120 MW) and Rasimanal (200 MW). Shivanasamudra and Mekedatu projects are within Karnataka, while Hogenakkal and Rasimanal projects are in the border region between the state and TN

* The Centre has been proposing to develop the four projects through National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd (NHPCL), but no decision has been taken

Karnataka’s demand

* Wants delinking of the Sivasamudram plant

Tamil Nadu’s response

The demand can be considered if Karnataka releases the pending volume of water – TimedOfIndia