Nankanchi, Pambaaru, Parappalaaru rivulets augment flow

River Amaravathy that usually sports a dry bed in Karur is now teeming with water as rain in catchment areas along with flooded rivulets en route have augmented the flow down the river on Monday.

Karur and neighbouring districts in the west have been experiencing heavy rainfall in the past few days. The rain has enormously helped rivers passing through the district such as Cauvery, Amaravathy, Kudaganaru, Nankanchi, Pambaaru and Parappalaaru carry good amount of water much to the joy of farmers and residents. Curling waters red and mixed with slush flow down the rivers, even as the district administration geared itself up to meet trouble on any front.

Especially the flow down Amaravathy has been significant and the level was just a couple of feet below the Pasupathypalayam cause way in the town. Clutch of anxious onlookers dotted the new bridge across the river near Light House Corner.

It was under these circumstances that PWD authorities stated that the Amaravathy reservoir in Udumalpet taluk of Tirupur district, that has a maximum water level of 90 feet had touched 85 feet and with rain persisting in the river's catchment areas there was every possibility that the reservoir might surplus in the next couple of days.

Without even the reservoir being opened to let water out, rivulets such as Nankanchi, Pambaaru and Parappalaaru that confluence with Amaravathy en route have been dumping flood waters and copious flow is now flowing down the main river.

Though the situation does not warrant any flood warning as of now the Karur district administration in leaving nothing to chance and is taking all precautionary steps to help those residing along the banks of the river.

District Collector V. Shobana along with RDO Shanthi and PWD officials inspected the vulnerable areas along the banks of the river in Karur town and directed the officials to monitor the situation besides keeping themselves prepared to reach out to people in distress.

Though the situation would be handy even if water is discharged from Amaravathy dam in the days to come, Karur officials are bracing themselves to meet any situation.

Meanwhile sun played hide and seek with the clouds as rain showed some respite on Monday though the sky remained cloudy for the whole day. There was not much rainfall in the district on Sunday and the maximum recorded was 21mm at Mayanur. The chief amount of rainfall (in mm) recorded across various centres in the district in the 24 hours ending 8-30 a.m. on Monday were Aravakurichi 7.5, Krishnarayapuram 18, K. Paramathi 13, Kulithalai 5.2, Karur and Thogamalai 5 each, Panjapatty 5.4, Kadavur 2.2 and Palaviduthi 1.4.