Low-lying areas inundated, traffic movement affected in Tuticorin
TIRUNELVELI: Intermittent drizzle continued in the district on Wednesday also even as water level in major reservoirs here witnessed significant rise thanks to the considerable rainfall in the catchment areas.
Since the district has been experiencing widespread rainfall for the past four days, discharge from the dams for irrigation has been stopped.
While water level in the Papanasam dam, the prime reservoir of the district, rose from 70.90 feet to 76.10 feet in the past 24 hours after 60 mm rainfall was registered in the catchment area, the storage level in the relatively small Servalar dam increased from 84.48 feet to reach 92.52 feet in view of the 25 mm rainfall in this area.
However, water level at Manimuthar dam registered only marginal rise i.e. from 65 feet to 66.45 feet as only 19 mm rainfall was recorded in the dam.
Since rain continues in the district owing to the low pressure prevailing in the Bay of Bengal, farmers are unable to continue the harvest of ‘kar’ paddy.
In some areas, agriculturists, with great difficulty, continued the harvest and collecting the paddy after drying them up on the roadside whenever the rain stopped.
Rainfall in the district (in mm): Radhapuram – 65, Nambiyar dam – 62, Nanguneri – 57, Kodumudiyar dam – 55, Tirunelveli – 54.20, Palayamkottai – 42.30, Gadana dam – 35, Shencottai – 32, Gundar dam – 28, Aayikudi – 26.40, Alangulam – 15.40, Tenkasi – 15.10, Ramanadhi and Karuppanadhi dams – 15, Sankarankovil -14, Sivagiri – 10.20 and Ambasamudram – 7.
Normal life was affected following the heavy rain, accompanied by lightning, that lashed the city for four hours last night.
Many low lying areas were inundated.
Traffic movement was also thrown out of gear in many busy streets.
S. Devasahayam, Joint Director of Agriculture told The Hindu that the rainfall received in the district was ideal for sowing pulses, crop, cotton and millets.
If rain continues, the rain-fed tanks in the district would fill up and help to sow paddy, the Joint Director said.
Following is the level of rainfall (in mm) at various places in the district: Vaipar - 158, Kayathar - 84, Srivaikundam - 79, Maniyachi - 53, Tuticorin - 41.5, Sathankulam - 30, Tiruchendur - 29, Ottapidaram - 27, Surangudi - 20, Vedanatham - 20, Vilathikulam - 19, Kulasekarapattinam - 18, Kadalkudi - 16, Keela Arasaradi - 16, Kadambur - 15, Kalugumalai - 11, Kovilpatti - 9, Ettayapuram - 3.