The Manimuthar dam experiences a significant rainfall of 216.80 mm
Even as the sky remained overcast throughout the day, thanks to the low pressure persisting at Arabian Sea, various parts of the district experienced intermittent drizzle on Tuesday.
The unexpected rain brought relief to the residents, who experienced oppressively hot and humid weather on Monday.
While the intermittent drizzle drenched areas close to the Western Ghats since Monday night, several parts witnessed rain for about 15 minutes around noon.
Though catchment areas of the Manimuthar dam experienced a significant rainfall of 216.80 mm during the past 24 hours that ended at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, it did not result in heavy inflow as the inflow stood only at 92 cusecs. It is expected that the inflow will increase during the next 24 hours as intermittent drizzle continues in the catchment.
Rainfall in the district (in mm): Manimuthar Dam – 216.80, Tenkasi – 114.20, Ambasamudram – 71.60, Karuppanadhi dam – 42, Cheranmahadevi – 35, Ramanadhi dam – 30, Sivagiri – 25, Aayikudi – 22, Shencottai – 15, Gundar dam – 12, Servalar dam, Alangulam and Veerakeralamputhur - 10 Tirunelveli – 9..40, Palayamkottai – 4.20 and Gadana dam – 2.
Water level in major dams, particularly Pechipparai and Perunchani, was slowly increasing following heavy rain that lashed different parts of the district on Tuesday. The inflow of water to Pechipparai dam was 580 cusecs and 230 cusecs in Perunchani dam. The heavy rain came as a boon, as it would help save paddy crops in tail-end areas of the district.
The maximum rainfall of 108 mm was recorded at Colachel followed by 73 in Pechipparai, 72.8 in Puthen dam, 72.4 in Perunchani, 57 in Eraniel, 44.4 in Kurunthencode, 36 in Chittar 1, 29 in Chittar 11, 26 in Surulode, 23 in Balamore and 11.4 in Nagercoil.