With moderate to torrential showers in different parts of Dindigul district, inflow into major dams in Palani has been increasing sharply. Varadhamanadhi dam in Palani taluk has been overflowing for the past two days. Water level rose considerably in Palar-Porundhalar and Kudiraiyaru dams. However, Palani town received moderate shower only. Torrential showers rocked Thandigudi, Pachalur and Kodaikanal hills on Wednesday night.
Kodaikanal hill registered 20 mm rainfall. Flow was heavy in almost all forest streams and falls including Silver Cascade. Minor landslide near Pullaveli hit traffic on Thandigudi-Dindigul ghat road since morning. Rain paralysed routine life in major towns on Thursday morning.
Rainfall recorded at various places at 8 a.m. on Thursday in mm: Dindigul 18.5., Nilakottai 4.2, Natham 5, Palani 9, Chatrapatti 13, Vedasandur 34.5, Kamatchipuram 23.2, Vedasandur tobacco research station 28.6, Kodaikanal boat club 27.5 and Kodaikanal observatory 15 mm.
Farmers in Cumbum Valley were cheerful as water level in Periyar dam rose sharply, thanks to heavy rain in the catchments. Inflow into other dams in the district was also good. Water level in all dams has been increasing steadily for the past two days.
Water level touched 119.4 feet in Periyar dam. Vaigai dam had water at 57.35 feet. Inflow into the dam was 1,722 cusecs. However, Public Works Department Engineers restricted the discharge to 60 cusecs only.
Sufficient rain in the ayacut areas in Theni and Madurai districts will meet water requirements for irrigation. Similarly, storage in Sothuparai dam too had increased to 61 feet and Manjalar dam to 49.3 feet. While Sothuparai dam received 61 cusecs of water, Manjalar dam received 33 cusecs, thanks to sizable rain in Kodaikanal. Moderate showers disrupted business and trade activities in many towns in the district on Thursday also.
Total rainfall in the district was 131.6 mm and average rain 10.97 mm.