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Dindigul rivers in spate; Nilakottai tanks dry

Staff Reporter

DINDIGUL: Many rivers in the district are in spate here on Saturday as the entire inflow into major dams is discharged into them. However, several tanks in Nilakottai block remain dry owing to damage in supply channels.

Rainwater is stagnating in some corners of Kongar tank, Seethapuram tank, Mannavarathy, Pillayarnatham, Agrahapatti and Kurumbapatti tanks. The main source for these tanks is Pulvettikulam. But local people are diverting the excess flow into the river. Destruction of supply channels has affected inflow into these tanks. About 893 cusecs of water discharged from Marudhanadhi dam too has not reached these tanks.

Water is touching both the banks of the Vaigai at Anaipatti in this block. Over 8,000 cusecs is flowing in the river.

Similarly, the Kudaganar River is in spate. Two weak shutters in the Kudaganar dam have been posing grave threat to the storage. The dam has water up to its brink. Earlier, engineers have been carrying out patch work and plugging the leak.

Flow is heavy in Palar, Porundhalar, Varadhamanadhi and Kudiyaru rivers in Palani taluk also. Standing crops in Vilampatti, Chithargalnatham and Mallayapuram tomato crops in some pockets of Palani are damaged.

Again, traffic has been disrupted on Kodaikanal Ghat Road in the morning owing to minor landslides.

Standing crops at the harvesting stage on hundreds of acres in Cumbum valley are inundated. Harvesting of first crop in the valley has been abandoned, owing to torrential shower in the past one week.

Heavy downpour has rotted grape fruits. Theni-Kumuli highway is highly damaged. With an inflow of 2,174 cusecs, storage level touched 128.6 feet in Periyar dam (Permissible level 136 feet). As Vaigai dam has reached its full capacity, discharge from Periyar dam is restricted to 200 cusecs only. Vaigai dam has 69.72 feet. Inflow is 2,152 cusecs and the discharge 1,919 cusecs.

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