Central districts see intermittent rain; holiday declared for schools in Karaikal

Various parts of the central districts experienced intermittent rain on Monday. The sky remained overcast throughout the day.

Nagapattinam district registered an average rainfall of 7.03 m.m. with Tharangambadi recording a maximum of 15 m.m. till 8 a.m. on Monday. The figures for other areas include Sirkazhi- 11.4 m.m.; Nagapattinam - 9.2 m.m.; Kollidam - 8.5 m.m.; Vedaranyam - 7 m.m.; Manalmedu - 6 m.m.; Tirupoondi - 3 m.m.; Talainayar - 2.20 m.m.; and Sirkazhi - 1 m.m.

In Tiruvarur district, the town recorded the maximum rainfall of 30.4 m.m. during the same period followed by Mannargudi - 14 m.m.; Nannilam - 10.3 m.m.; Kodavasal - 10.2 m.m.; Pandavayar head - 9 m.m.; Tiruthuraipoondi - 7 m.m.; and Needamnagalam - 6.4 m.m.

Thuraiyur got the maximum rainfall of 17 m.m. in Tiruchi district followed by Pulivalam - 13 m.m.; and Thattiengarpettai and Sirukudi - 10 m.m. each.

The following are the chief amounts of rainfall in Thanjavur district: Orathanadu -10.2 m.m.; Madukkur - 9.4 m.m.; Neivasanthenpathi - 7.4 m.m.; Kumbakonam 7 - m.m.; Lower Anicut and Thanjavur town - 5.4 m.m., and Kurungulam - 5 m.m.

Following heavy rain, Directorate of School Education, Puducherry, has declared a holiday for all the government and private schools in Karaikal district on Tuesday.

KARUR: Sporadic showers over the last two days have lighted up the spirit of farmers in the district. Since Sunday, several places have been receiving modest and intermittent rain. Sky remained overcast during daytime with drizzle at dawn and dusk.

“Standing crops on thousands of acres are withering for want of water. The deep borewells sunk in the past have dried up and even those sunk beyond a depth of 600 to 700 feet recently, are not yielding enough water. We have been expecting rain since the first week of September. We hope that at least this spell could bring relief to farmers,’’ says S. Gnanavel Gounder, a farmer from Uppidamangalam.

There was a time when the district used to have at least 60,000 acres under dry land crops such as millets and oilseeds.

The millets raised at Sengal were famed for their taste and quality. With no rain, the dry land agriculture dwindled and thousands of acres have been left fallow resulting in a sharp fall in millet production.

“Paddy has been raised in large tracts at Nachalur and Thayanur. The crop in many places is at flowering stage while in some places, they have attained the panicle stage. We desperately need water to save the crop. Besides, the region is famous for floriculture species such as rose and jasmine that too require water at frequent intervals,’’ says R. Subramanian, deputy secretary, Cauvery Delta Farmers Welfare Association, Kavandampatti.

Tail-end areas of Kattalai High Level Channel as also those served by the irrigation channels branching off the Cauvery on the southern banks depend on water for seeing through the standing crop including banana, paddy, and sugar cane.