After six years, water level reaches 66-foot mark in October
THENI: The first flood warning in five districts along Vaigai River was issued on Tuesday night when the water level in Vaigai dam touched 66 feet.
With copious inflow into Vaigai dam, storage level has touched 66.14 feet on Wednesday. The increased inflow and moderate withdrawal from the dam owing to introduction of turn system in Madurai and Dindigul districts have scaled up storage level sharply. Inflow into the dam was 2,741 cusecs, thanks to heavy discharge from Periyar dam. The discharge from the dam was 1,241 cusecs.
Villages and towns in downstream areas of Vaigai River in Dindigul, Madurai, Theni, Ramanathapuram and Sivaganga districts were alerted. People residing in low-lying areas were cautioned to move to safe and high ridge areas.
Second flood warning will be issued when the level touches 68.5 feet and third and final warning will be given and water released simultaneously when the level touches 69 feet, (total 71 feet) according to officials in Public Works Department.
Water level stood at 136.40 feet in Periyar dam with an inflow of 2,815 cusecs. Discharge from the dam was 1,793 cusecs. Excess water has been drained through 13-vent spillway.
Rainfall recorded at various places in mm: Periyar 21, Thekkadi 3, Goodalur and Veerapandi one respectively. There was no trace of rain in other parts of the district.
After a gap of six years, water level has touched 66 feet mark in October. However, water level reached 66 feet in the dam for the past three years consecutively before December. Farmers were jubilant over the comfortable storage in both dams. But torrential showers that lashed out last week have destroyed over 10,000 acres of paddy crop in Cumbum valley incurring huge loss to farmers.