Water release stopped in dam

Nagercoil: The release of water from the Pechipparai dam was stopped on Sunday following leakage in a channel, 100 meter away from the dam, where the fisheries department has a fish farm.

Meanwhile, heavy rain lashed different parts of the district for the fifth day on Monday.

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Nagercoil: Heavy rain

Nagercoil: Heavy rain with thunder and lightning lashed different parts of the district on Monday. Farmers in the district were happy as they could undertake summer ploughing work. The water level in Pechipparai dam stood at 21.10 feet, 19.40 feet in Perunchani, 2.13 feet in Chittar I and 2.23 feet in Chittar II.

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Heavy rain lashes Tuticorin

TUTICORIN: Heavy rain lashed several parts of Tuticorin since the midnight of Saturday.

Owing to the continuous rainfall, low-lying areas were inundated and vehicular traffic was badly affected. The sky remained overcast throughout the day. The maximum rainfall was recorded in Tuticorin with 70 mm. Srivaikuntam registered 41 mm followed by Keelaarasaradi 16, Kulasekarapattinam 12, Sathankulam 7, Kalugumalai 7, Kayalpattinam 3, Kovilpatti 3, Ettayappuram 1 and Tiruchendur 1 mm.

reflection of seasons: A scene on Devarpuram road in Tuticorin on Sunday. — Photo: N. Rajesh

Staff Reporter from Nagercoil writes:

The normal life in Kanyakumari district was thrown out of gear following heavy incessant rains for the last two days.

On Sunday, the sky remained overcast. Several low lying areas were flooded and fishermen in different parts of the district did not venture out into the sea.

 People living in low-lying areas have been asked to move to safer places.

The district administration has made all arrangements in co-operation with officials of the Public Works Department to meet any eventuality.

The Poompuhar Shipping Corporation has suspended the ferry service to Tiruvalluvar rock but it operated the service to Vivekananda rock memorial.

The maximum rainfall of 72 mm was recorded at Pechiparai followed by 55 mm in Chittar I, 50 mm in Surulode, 42 mm in Chittar II, 23.2 mm in Myladi, 17.4 mm in Kottaram, 14.7 mm in Nagercoil, 11 mm each in Perunchani and Puthen dam, 3.2 mm in Kanimar and 2.4 mm in Aralvoimozhi.

The water level in Pechipparai dam stood at 28.10 feet and the inflow was 1532 cusecs.

Similarly the water level in Perunchani dam stood at 51.45 feet and the inflow was 187 cusecs.

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Nagercoil: Funds for facilities at Thirparappu Falls

Selection grade town panchayat office opened

With an intention to attracting both foreign and domestic tourists, says Minister

“Works are going on in full swing and they will be completed at the earliest”

Nagercoil: The Government has allotted Rs.55 lakh for improving the infrastructure at Thirparappu falls with an intention to attracting both foreign and domestic tourists, said Tourism Minister N. Suresh Rajan.

Inaugurating new office building for the selection grade town panchayat at Thirparappu on Monday, the Minister said that the works were going on in full swing and they would be completed at the earliest.

Moreover, Rs.65 lakh had also been allotted for the setting up of modern bus stand. It clearly showed that the Government was very keen on promoting tourism activities in Kanyakumari, particularly the lesser known tourist spots in the district.

The Government had also made it compulsory to wear lifesaving jackets to those tourists, who wanted to visit the Vivekananda rock memorial and Thiruvalluvar statue at Kanyakumari and also the visiting tourists, who wanted to have a pleasure drive to Pechipparai dam, said the Minister.

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Nagercoil: Rain hits life

Nagercoil: Normal life in different parts of the district was affected following incessant rain accompanied by thunder on Friday.

Low-lying areas were flooded with rainwater and people living on the banks of major rivers were asked to move safer places. Public Works Department officials were asked to be prepared to meet any eventuality.

Sandbags and wooden logs were stocked to plug breaches if any, which could be occurred in future.

Four persons had a miraculous escape after the walls of their houses collapsed in the early hours of Friday.

Thangamani (55) of Manjadi near Periyavilai in Swamiyarmadam was sleeping in his house along with his wife Thankabai, his daughter, Geetha and his granddaughter, Pappa, when the wall of his house and roof collapsed. Revenue officials rushed to his house and moved them to safer place. The level in Pechipparai dam stood at 32.75 feet, 56.25 feet in Perunchani, 10.23 feet in Chittar I and 10.33 feet in Chittar II.

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Tamilnadu: Rain in Nagercoil

Death toll increases to three

Brick kiln work, salt production and latex tapping affected

A casual worker died when his house collapsed

NAGERCOIL: Heavy rain lashed various parts of the district for the second day particularly in the catchement areas on Monday and the death toll increased to three.

According to sources, Ponnappan (67) at Thoppuvilai near Rajakkamangalam, a casual worker was in his house at Paruthivilai, when the house collapsed. Ponnappan was rushed to Kanyakumari Government Medical College Hospital at Asaripallam. However, he died without responding to the treatment.

All rivers including Pazhayaru, Valliyaru, Kuzuthurai etc were flooded and the people, residing on the river banks were asked to move to safer places.

The water was swiftly increasing to all the irrigation and other tanks particularly in Putheri, Theroor, Sadayan, Suchindrum, Parakkai tanks witnessed full capacity.

The district administration has directed the officials of Public Works Department to meet out any eventuality due to rain. The Executive Engineer of Water Resource Organization, Cyril Christopher, said that all the tanks in the district have adequate water and there are enough sand bags and wooden logs to plug breaches.

Puthenar channel was overflowing. However, the situation was brought under control.

Brick kiln work was affected in Thovalai, Aralvoimozhi and in and around Chembagaramanputhur.

The price of one brick was increased from Rs. 3.10 to 3.60. Moreover, the tapping of latex in Kulaseakaram, Thirparrappu, Kalikesam, Emalokam, Keeripparai, Thiruvattar, Kaliyal etc was affected owing to heavy rain.

Similarly, salt production at Swamithoppu, Palkulam and Vattakottai was affected and producers could not transport the salt to other districts.

Water Level

Water level (in feet): Pechipparai dam stood at 31.95, 55.10 in Perunchani, Chittar I stood at 9.64 in and 9.74 in Chittar II.

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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.

Tuticorin

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.

Nagercoil

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.

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