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.
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.
From THE HINDU