Salem: Heavy rain

SALEM: A number of parts in Salem and Namakkal districts witnessed moderate to heavy showers on Wednesday evening.

Salem city, its suburbs, Edapadi and a few other towns in the two districts experienced heavy rain.

Namakkal, Rasipuram and a number of other places witnessed moderate showers. Traffic in a few places was affected.

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Rain continues in Salem, Namakkal

SALEM: Many parts of Salem and Namakkal districts received moderate rain on Monday.

The sky remained cloudy and many parts in the two districts experienced chill winds accompanying the incessant rains. Salem city and its suburbs got light showers. Two houses in the city collapsed on Sunday night. No one were injured.

Rainfall

The water level in tanks and lakes in the two districts rose.

In the last 24-hour period ending at 8 a.m. on Monday, Gengavalli recorded a maximum rainfall of 40 mm. Rainfall recorded in various other parts is as follows (in mm): Mettur – 32.20, Yercaud – 30, Edapadi – 22, Vazhapadi – 12, Salem – 11.7, Attur – 10.6 and Omalur 10.20.

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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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Tamilnadu-Namakkal: 16 watersheds created to boost rainfed agriculture

The scheme insists on Participatory Rural Appraisal exercise 

NAMAKKAL: To boost production under rainfed agriculture, 16 watersheds at an outlay of Rs 57.03 crore have been created in 9,505 hectares in Tiruchengode taluk in the district under the National Watershed Development Programme in Rainfed Areas (NWDPRA) of the Union government.

As the bulk of rural poor are living in rainfed areas, the government has accorded highest priority to the holistic and sustainable development of rain-fed agriculture through Watershed Development approach based on the twin concepts of Integrated Watershed Management and Sustainable Farming System and also creation of sustained employment opportunities for the rural community including the landless.

Water Resource Development scheme

Water Resource Development scheme

These watersheds in Tiruchengode covering 30 villages will be executed by the Project Implementing Agency (PIA) comprising of an Assistant Executive Engineer, Agricultural Engineering Department and Assistant Director of Agriculture, Agriculture Department, Tiruchengode.

To prepare the project report, the scheme also insists on a strong Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) exercise.

NGOs invited

To assist and carry out the PRA exercises, two non-governmental organisations have also been invited to take part.

A PRA exercise meeting was carried out in Karumapuram watershed recently in which the President of the Karumapuram Panchayat, N. Jagannathan, along with local farmers took part.

The people shared their views with officials and emphasised on the local knowledge. People’s own appraisal was sought, analysed and later would be put into practice.

The exercise meeting widely discussed many problems, observed the facts directly on the field and discussed the solutions with the affected people.

The concepts of better utilization of available resources and the need to identify and prioritise the needs of locals were discussed.

Social mapping and Natural Resources mapping were constructed on the ground by the villagers in front of the Karumapuram Panchayat Office to offer an impression of the social and physical lay-out of the village as perceived by the villagers themselves.

After completion of all activities, each watershed development project was expected to achieve various measures for sustainable farming including development of drainage lines, participation of user groups in arable and non-arable lands, maintenance of assets etc.

Orientation

Orientation was given to improve their knowledge and upgrade technical/ management and community organisational skills to a level that was appropriate for the successful discharge of capabilities.

The PRA meeting was attended by officials. S. Durai, Joint Director of Agriculture, Namakkal presided over the PRA meeting.

A. Prabaharan, Deputy Director of Agriculture, A. Krishnamoorthi, Assistant Executive Engineer, District Watershed Development Agency, B. Muralidharan, Assistant Director of Agriculture and K. Ramachandran, Agricultural Officer were also present. Villagers took part in a social mapping exercise of their village.

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