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Heavy rain in Tuticorin, Nellai, Kanyakumari

Staff Reporter

Three huts collapse in Tuticorin; catchment areas in Tirunelveli witness incessant drizzle; copious flow at Courtallam



HEAVY FLOW: Autorickshaws wading through rainwater at Kottar Junction in Nagercoil. — Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

Tuticorin: Three huts collapsed, one village was inundated and a bund attached to Sivalkulam irrigation tank was partly damaged due to heavy rain that lashed the district on Thursday.

Official sources said that two huts located at Srivaikundam and one at Vilathikulam collapsed due to faulty construction as the wall were not strong enough to support the respective structures in adverse climatic conditions.

Meanwhile, Sankaralingapuram village near Kovilpatti got flooded as Veppankulam irrigation tank, spread over 29 acres and situated in the vicinity, overflowed on Thursday. Water entered 50 houses in the village.

District administration sources said flood discharge from the tank spilled over to the village after the supply channel, which carries the excess water to Nedunkulam tank, down stream tank of Veppankulam tank, was blocked en route by Eichaorenea, a weed species.

A revenue team led by R Selvaraj, Collector-in-charge, rushed to the village and removed the weeds from the supply channel immediately and ensured that no further water entered the village.

The village returned to normalcy very soon as the water drained quickly. No damage was reported from any part of the village.

Similarly, heavy rain caused breach of bund at Sivalkulam tank, spread over 42-acre area near Moopanpatti village. The gap was immediately filled and prevented any damage to nearby area.

According to Agriculture Department sources, no crop damage was reported from anywhere in the district.

S. Shahul Hameed, Joint Director of Agriculture, said the rain was blessing in disguise for farmers who were engaged in various types of cultivation, spread over one lakh hectares of rainfed regions under Kovilpatti, Kayathr and Vilathikulam blocks as they were reeling under water scarcity.

"Rains provided relief to the farmers involved in groundnut cultivation over 3,000 ha at Satankulam," he added.

The fishermen were advised by the district administration not to venture into the sea till Friday morning.

Official sources said the district recorded a total rainfall of 674.3 mm in the last 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. on Thursday, with an average of 35.49 mm.

Following are the rainfall recorded at various places (in mm): Satankulam- 5.4; Kayalpattinam - 17; Srivaikuntam - 9; Kovilpatti - 103; Tuticorin - 20.5; Tiruchendur - 27; Kulasekarapattinam - 6; Vedanatham - 24; Kazhugamalai - 106.4; Kadalgudi - 40; Kayathar - 33; Surangudi - 6; Keelaarasadi - 20; Ottapidaram - 48; Ettayapuram - 53; Vaippar- 7; Maniyachi - 86; Vilathikulam - 11 and Kadambur - 52.

Tirunelveli

Though the western parts of the district experienced good rainfall in the past 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. on Thursday, other regions including catchment areas witnessed only incessant drizzle.

Consequently, there is no significant flow into Papanasam, Manimuthar and Servalar reservoirs much to the disappointment of farmers and the district administration.

Heavy rain lashed Shencottai, Tenkasi, Aaikudi, Kadayanallur, Sankarankovil and Sivagiri on Wednesday night but there was only incessant drizzle in the remaining parts of the district affecting road traffic for a while. Majority of irrigation tanks in the district were dry and farmers are praying for abundant rain in the plains and in catchment areas.

All waterfalls at Courtallam are receiving copious flow causing floods at Main Falls, Five Falls, Old Falls and Shenbagadevi Falls.

A rice-mill at Manimurtheeswaram near Tirunelveli and a house at Meenakshipuram crashed down due to incessant drizzling.

Rainfall recorded in the district (in mm): Shencottai - 123, Sankarankovil - 120.50, Sivagiri - 70.20, Tenkasi - 60.80, Aaikudi - 43, Manimuthar dam - 40, Papanasam and Ambasamudram - 22.40, Alangulam - 20, Radhapuram - 17.40, Nanguneri - 6, Palayamkottai - 5.10, Tirunelveli - 2.

Water level in the dams (in feet): Adavinainar - 114.50, Servalar - 114.40, Papanasam - 103.55, Manimuthar - 77.10, Karuppanadhi - 70.54, Ramanadhi - 66.75, Gadana - 55.10 and Gundar - 36.10.

Kanyakumari

The district registered drizzling on Wednesday night and Thursday.

Rainfall recorded in the district (in mm): Chittar I - 45, Chittar II - 43, Petchipaarai dam - 41, Kottaaram - 34.30, Aralvaimozhi - 34.20, Nagercoil - 25.50, Mayilaadi - 23.60, Surulodu - 20, Bhoothapandi - 16.90, Perunchaani and Puththan anai - 13.60 and Kannimar - 4.60.

The water level in the dams (in feet): Perunchaani - 65.60, Petchipaarai - 39.20, Chittar II - 16.33, Chittar I - 16.24 and Poigai - 19.30.

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