Tirunelveli: Tamirabharani experiences flood

TIRUNELVELI: The perennial Tamirabharani has experiencing flood since Tuesday night following significant rainfall in the catchment areas in the Western Ghats and consequent rise in inflow into all major irrigation dams.

As incessant rainfall continued in the catchment areas, inflow into the Papanasam Dam and Servalar Dam, rose to 4,359.83 cusecs.

As both the dams were already brimming, the fresh inflow was discharged in the Tamirabharani.

The river swelled further when rainwater from the forest and residential areas entered into the lifeline of the southern districts. Since the Manimuthar dam experienced a good rainfall of 160.40 mm, inflow into this dam increased to 4,935 cusecs. All waterfalls at Courtallam are flowing dangerously since Tuesday night following rains in the Western Ghats and tourists, mostly Ayyappa devotees heading for Sabarimala, were prevented from taking bath at Main Falls, Old Falls and Five Falls.


Papanasam, Manimuthar dams to surplus in few days

Moderate rain in Tuticorin; seven houses damaged in Tiruchendur

TIRUNELVELI: After a brief lull, the district experienced intermittent drizzle on Wednesday even as major reservoirs such as Papanasam and Manimuthar dams are likely to surplus within the next few days, provided the spell continues in the catchment areas.

As water level in the Servalar dam reached 148.29 feet against its maximum capacity of 156 feet, the inflow is being diverted to Papanasam dam.

While water level at Papanasam dam, having a maximum storage level of 143 feet, reached 135 feet on Wednesday morning, Manimuthar dam had 104 feet of water against its maximum capacity of 118 feet.

It’s back: People protecting themselves with umbrellas following a sudden downpour in Tuticorin on Wednesday. — Photo: N. Rajesh

Since the flow into Papanasam dam was 2,900 cusecs on Wednesday and intermittent drizzle continued in the afternoon, the dam is likely to surplus within the next 48 hours.

However, the flow into the Manimuthar dam dwindled to 1,150 cusecs even as the level in the largest dam of the district stood at 104 feet and the dam is likely to reach its full capacity of 118 feet after a week or so.

Meanwhile, Collector M. Jayaraman, who has been convening a series of meetings of the officials during the past one week to assess the situation, has put the official machinery on high alert. Since he himself surprisingly visits the vulnerable points during the past 15 days to check whether his subordinates were prepared to meet any eventuality, the officials are monitoring the situation, particularly along the watercourse of Tamirabharani round-the-clock.


Moderate rainfall accompanied by thunder and lighting lashed various parts of the district since the morning of Wednesday. Normal life was thrown out of gear following the continuous downpour.

From 7.30 a.m. to 9 a.m. there was a heavy spell followed by intermittent drizzles. Low lying areas were inundated and many roads became muddy. Seven houses were damaged in Tiruchendur.

Rainfall recorded (in mm) in various places in the district: Kadambur – 9, Kovilpatti – 7.8; Tuticorin – 1.4 and Sathankulam – 7.


Tamilnadu: 10 dams in southern districts overflowing

MADURAI: Ten out of the 32 dams in nine southern districts under the jurisdiction of the Water Resources Organisation, Madurai Region, of the Public Works Department have surplussed in the past few days.

Among the 7,287 irrigation tanks in the region, including eight districts and a portion of Dindigul district, 1,651 tanks are filled to the brim. Almost an identical number of tanks have water up to 75 per cent of their capacity.

Among the overflowing reservoirs, four each are in Theni and Tirunelveli districts. Vaigai, Shanmuganadi, Marudhanadi and Sothuparai dams in Theni district and Karupappandi, Gundar, Gadana and Ramanadi in Tirunelveli district have surplussed.

Both the districts, along the Western Ghats, have been largely benefited by the recent rain, says P. Ramamoorthy, Chief Engineer, WRO, Madurai Region.

The rain in the Western Ghats has also benefited the Mullaperiyar dam, which is just one foot short of overflowing.

The Marudhanadi dam in Dingidul and Sasthakoil dam in Virudhunagar district are the two others overflowing. Three major dams in Tirunelveli district — Papanasam, Manimuthar and Servalar — have significant storage.

Poor storage

However, the districts of Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga and Virudhunagar continue to have poor storage in the tanks.

Just three tanks (out of the total 1,115) in Sivaganga have water to their capacity. Eighteen (out of 342) tanks in Virudhunagar and 26 (out of 623) tanks in Ramanathapuram are full.

“We have sought the State government’s permission to fill the system tanks in Sivaganga and Ramanathapuram districts with (the 3,600 mcft of) Vaigai credit in the reservoir,” Mr. Ramamoorthy said.

Vaigai credit water, divided into 12 parts, is distributed among Madurai, Sivaganga and Ramanathapuram districts. While Sivaganga is eligible for three parts, Ramanathapuram gets seven. Madurai district is eligible for two parts.

As of now, the surplus water from the Vaigai dam is being used to fill the Big Tank in Ramanathapuram.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Tamilnadu: Rain continues in Tuticorin and Kanyakumari districts

Drizzle in Tirunelveli, three houses completely damaged, student electrocuted

TIRUNELVELI: A holiday was declared for all schools in the district on Saturday also as widespread intermittent drizzle continued here and the level in the major irrigation dams has been increasing steadily.

While the dams received significant rainfall on Friday night and also on Saturday, precipitation in the plains decreased to a great extent with only intermittent drizzle drenching the streets.

However, the drizzle also stopped suddenly in the afternoon.

flooded: Water stagnating on Tuticorin-Palayamkottai Road on Saturday.— Photo: N. Rajesh

While nine houses were partly damaged in the rain so far during this monsoon in the district, three dwellings were completely damaged.

Tourists were advised not to take bath in the waterfalls at Courtallam.

But visitors were allowed at Tiger Falls.

M. Muthukumar (17), a polytechnic student from Puliyampatti near Sankarankovil, was electrocuted on Friday night when he accidentally touched a live electric wire in his farm.

Storage level in dams (in feet): Papanasam – 92.50 (Maximum capacity 143 feet), Servalar – 117.62 (156), Manimuthar – 83.70 (118), Gadana – 83 (85), Ramanadhi – 82 (84), Karuppanadhi – 70.29 (72), Gundar – 36 (36), Vadakku Pachchaiyaar – 25 (50), Adavinainar – 95 (132), Nambiyar – 10.50 (22.96) and Kodumudiyar – 39.50 (52).

Rainfall (in mm) – Papanasam and Manimuthar dams – 100, Servalar dam – 85 mm, Ambasamudram – 95, Alangulam – 44.60, Shencottai – 43.70, Tenkasi – 34.30, Nanguneri – 27, Aayikudi – 26.20, Sankarankovil – 23, Radhapuram – 19, Palayamkottai – 14.40, Sivagiri – 12.50 and Tirunelveli – 12.20.


Heavy rain continued to lash various parts of the district for the second day on Saturday.

A maximum rain fall of 60 mm was recorded at Chittar I followed by 55 mm in Chittar II, 54 mm in Pechipparai, 31.6 mm in Kottaram, 28.8 mm in Puthen dam,25.3 mm in Surulode, 18.1 mm in Kannimar and12.2 mm in Boothapandi.

The level in the Pechipprai Dam stood at 26.25 feet, 48.15 feet in Perunchani, 6.78 feet in Chittar I and 6.85feet in Chittar II.


Moderate rainfall continued to lash several parts of the district on Saturday. Several low lying areas were inundated and roads were waterlogged.

Traffic was affected, particularly on Palayamkottai Road and normal life was thrown out of gear.

Many ATMs were inaccessible as there are sheets of water in front of them.

A maximum rainfall of 35 mm was recorded at Kayalpattinam.

Rainfall (in mm) recorded in various stations of the district are as follows: Tiruchendur – 28; Kulasekaraqpattinam – 34; Srivaikuntam- 23; Kovilpatti – 12; Kayathar – 12; Kadambur – 16; Kalugumalai – 18; Vilathikulam – 21; Kadalkudi – 12; Surangudi – 12; Vaipar – 11; Ottapidaram – 13; Vanchchi Maniyachi – 11; Vedanatham – 10; Keelarasaradi – 10; Ettayapuram – 7; Srivaikuntam – 26 and Tuticorin – 12.4 mm.


Thanjavur: Rain continues in delta districts

THANJAVUR: Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts continued to experience intermittent showers on Friday.

Minor breaches occurred in some canals in Tiruvarur district. PWD engineers and revenue divisional officers have been asked by the Collector of Tiruvarur to check the breaches and plug them.

Meanwhile, samba transplantation continued in both districts. Rainfall recorded during the 24-hour period ending at 8.30 a.m. on Friday: (in mm) Grand Anaicut 21, Thirukattupalli 23, Thiruvaiyaru 30, Thanjavur 31, Ayyampettai 42, Papanasam 27 , Kumbakonam 19, Valangaiman 37, Kodavasal 34, Nannilam 40, Anaikarai 42, Needamangalam 30, Koradachery 25, Pandavayar 43, Mulliyar 43, Thiruthuraipoondi 37, Tiruvarur 60 and Mannargudi 45.