Heavy rain in Nagapattinam

NAGAPATTINAM: Nagapattinam witnessed heavy, intermittent rain on Monday and the schools remained shut in the district.

Fisherfolk stayed away from the sea for the fifth consecutive day. The sea was rough in Vedaranyam and Kodiakkarai.

Chief amounts of rainfall were as follows: Kollidam 16 mm, Sirkazhi 15 mm, Manalmedu 13.2 mm, Mayiladuthurai 13 mm, Nagapattinam 9 mm, Vedaranyam 8.4 mm, Thirupoondi 8 mm, Tharangambadi 5.5 mm, Thalainayar 2.2 mm, with the recorded average rainfall of 10.14 mm.

From THE HINDU

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Tamilnadu: Heavy showers in Nagapattinam

NAGAPATTINAM: In a marked contrast to the cyclone buzz of Saturday, Sunday remained relatively calm. However, Signal 3 remained hoisted at the Port Office till evening.

Rainfall recorded till 8 a.m. on Sunday were as follows. Sirkazhi 12 mm, Kollidam 10mm, Mayiladuthurai 10 mm, Manalmedu 3 mm,Thalainayar 2.2mm and Nagapattinam 0.2 mm with the recorded average rainfall of 4.1mm.

In Nagapattinam, the sky remained relatively clear through the day till evening, when heavy showers lasted for a short time.

From THE HINDU

Chennai: Cyclone weakens, likely to cross TN coast

CHENNAI: Cyclone Ward’ has weakened into a deep depression and is expected to cross the Tamil Nadu coast between Kanyakumari and Nagapattinam early on Tuesday, said Meteorological Department officials. Only light showers are expected in Chennai.

The depression on Sunday evening was positioned at 9.0 degrees latitude and 83.0 degrees longitude, 400 km south-east of Nagapattinam and 400 km east of Pamban near Rameswaram.

The weather office officials said the system was likely to move in a west-south-westerly direction and cross north Sri Lanka coast in the early hours of Monday. Ward, they added, was then expected to enter the Gulf of Mannar and cross the south Tamil Nadu coast between Kanyakumari and Nagapattinam on Tuesday morning.

Due to the effect of the system, isolated heavy to very heavy rain is likely over north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during the next 48 hours. Rainfall with scattered heavy to very heavy falls and isolated extremely heavy falls is also likely over south-coastal Tamil Nadu during the same period.

The sea condition is expected to be very rough along and off the south Tamil Nadu coast as well as the north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea. From Saturday night, Nagapattinam district received heavy rains. Due to the cyclone, danger signal number three had been hoisted at the port.

“As the depression will pass through Kanyakumari and Nagapattinam, Chennai will not have much rains. Light or thunder showers can be expected in the city,” said an official.

With a third cyclone warning being issued for Rameswaram, the sea remained rough on Sunday and the day cloudy with a slight drizzle continuing throughout the day. Strong winds resulted in the some of the boats anchored off the coast getting damaged due to collision with one another and fishermen were no allowed to venture into the sea.

In Nagapattinam, a 120-member anti-disaster task Force arrived from Arakkonam to meet any eventuality caused by the cyclone, when it crosses the coast. Fishermen and coastal residents have been given a set of instructions to prepare them for potential disaster. A round-the-clock control room is also functioning.

Fishermen in 206 fishing hamlets in Nagapattinam stayed off the sea for the third consecutive day as heavy rains lashed the coastal district on Sunday. Strong winds in the coastal areas kept the residents worried.

From TOI

Cyclone Ward to cross Tamil Nadu coast Sunday, December, 13th, 2009 night

Chennai, Dec 13 (IANS) Cyclone Ward is likely to cross Tamil Nadu coast between Kanyakumari and Nagapattinam around night Sunday, the Indian Meteorological Department said.

The cyclone, currently centred around 400 km from Nagapattinam, is expected to move in a West Southwesterly direction and cross North Sri Lanka around noon Sunday.

‘It will then emerge into Gulf of Mannar and cross Tamil Nadu coast Sunday night,’ an official said.

According to him, rainfall is expected over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry over next 48 hours.

Squally winds at speed reaching 55-65 kmph are likely along the coast during the next 48 hours.

As the sea will be rough, fishermen are advised against venturing into the waters.

Meanwhile, the district administration in Nagapattinam and Kanyakumari are on high alert and gearing up relief measures.

From Yahoo India

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.

T. Ramakrishnan – From THE HINDU

Nagapattinam: Samba on over 22,000 ha submerged in rainwater

NAGAPATTINAM: Over 22,000 ha of Samba and Thaladi crops and 9,460 acres of saltpans were inundated here at the tail end as of Monday.

Efforts were on to drain out water from the inundated fields at the earliest.

The Collector C. Munianathan inspected the shutters of Naatar and Vaanjyar channels, and directed Public Works Department officials to concentrate on containing the impact of perilous rise of Vadakodai and Thenkodai rivers in Maandhai village, due to huge inflows.

According to the district administration, about 11 houses were completely destructed and 22 houses partially damaged due to the continuous rains that also left 41 cattle heads dead.

Meanwhile, the TNEB rectified 65 damaged electric poles and readied additional poles to meet eventualities.

About 124 km of road under the Highways department has borne the brunt of the heavy rains.

Preventive medicines have been stocked with the Primary Health Centres.

Sandbags have been stocked with PWD (Irrigation), Block Development Officers, Town Panchayats and Municipal Commissioners. Officials from the departments of Revenue, Development, PWD, fire service were sustaining their surveillance.

The Collector inspected flooded fields at Thalainayar, Thagattur, Paangal, Kiliyanur, Maandhai, Komal, Perizhandhur, Melayur, Keezhaveli, Kuthalam. Flood-relief efforts have been embarked upon on a war footing in these villages.

Earlier, a consultative meeting was held at the Collectorate to take stock of the situation. Senior officials, including the District Revenue Officer and Project Officer of District Rural Development Agency participated.

The rainfall levels for the district as of 8.30 a.m. Monday were as follows. Tharangambadi 26.1 mm, Mayiladuthurai 20.6 mm, Thalainayar 9.6 mm, Thirupoondi 25 mm, Sirkazhi 57 mm, Nagapattinam 27.2 mm, Vedaranyam 3 mm, Kollidam 60 mm, Manalmedu 37.8 mm. The district witnessed an average rainfall of 29.59 mm.

Tiruvarur

Samba paddy crop on 10,000 hectares was inundated due to continuous rain in Tiruvarur district.

According to M. Chandrasekaran, Collector, one-week-old transplanted crops were inundated in Thiruthuraipoondi and Muthupettai areas. But there may not be any damage as water started receding on Monday with the let-up in the rain, the Collector said. However, samba paddy transplantation continued in the district using the rainwater.

Thanjavur

Crops on 1800 hectares were inundated in Thirupandandal area. However, transplantation continued and till Monday, samba had been transplanted on 1,15,000 hectares.

The rain brought under control leaf folder disease. This is another positive benefit of the rain, according to agriculture department officials.

Public Works Department stopped release of water into Vennar and Cauvery river systems from the Grand Anaicut in view of the rain in delta districts.

Rainfall recorded in the 24-hour period ending at 8.30 a.m. on Monday: Thirukattupalli 39.20 mm, Thanjavur 38.70, Grand Anaicut 32.40, Peravurani 32.20, Neyvasal 27, Ayyampettai 24, Orathanadu 10.20, Papanasam 10.20, Kumbakonam 16.40, Thiruvaiyaru 20.40 Budalur 9.40, Adhirampattinam 8 and Vallam 3 mm.

From THE HINDU

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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