Sothuparai dam crosses its full level of 126 feet

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COPIOUS: A heavy flow of water in Kumbakarai falls at Periakulam in Theni district. Photo: G. Karthikeyan
COPIOUS: A heavy flow of water in Kumbakarai falls at Periakulam in Theni district. Photo: G. Karthikeyan

Madurai Bureau

Thanks to heavy rain in Kodaikanal that records 65.44 mm Many dams in Theni, Dindigul, Virudhunagar surplussing

THENI: Excess water is overflowing from the Sothuparai dam as the level crossed its total height of 126 feet, thanks to the heavy rain in Kodaikanal that recorded 65.44 mm on Tuesday night.

The entire inflow of 539.24 cusecs has been discharged. With no shutter facility, water has been overflowing from the dam and through irrigation canals. All reservoirs and dams in the district have been receiving large quantum of water for the past two days.

Bathing is banned in the Kumbakarai falls near Periakulam, owing to heavy flow in the falls. There is a sharp increase in the inflow in the Kottakudi, Vaigai and Mullaperiyar rivers and the Veerappa Iyanar hill stream.

The water level has risen sharply in the Manjalar, Periyar and Vaigai dams also. With steady showers in the catchments, the Periyar dam level has touched 131 feet. The inflow is 5,032 cusecs and the discharge 1,625 cusecs. The storage is 4,931 mcft.

Similarly, the water level has risen to 64.63 feet in the Vaigai dam as the inflow has stepped up to 3,913 cusecs against 2,334 cusecs on Tuesday. The discharge from the dam is 1,641 cusecs.

The water level in the Manjalar dam stood at 46.80 feet with an inflow of 335 cusecs. The storage was 267.98 mcft.


Kodaikanal received heavy downpour for the second day on Wednesday. The hill station received 65.25 mm, the highest rainfall in the district, against 50 mm rainfall recorded on Monday night.

The Kodaikanal municipality supply tank and the Solai dam have also been overflowing. Palani was the only grey area in the district that received 46 mm rain. There was no rain in Chatrapatti, Natham and Vedasandur, other grey areas in the district.

The amount of rainfall recorded in various places in Theni and Dindigul districts in mm was: Periyar 8, Thekkadi 28, Goodalur 16.5, Uthamapalayam 11, Shanmuga River dam 35, Veerapandi 12, Vaigai dam 5 and Manjalar dam 49, Dindigul 7.8, Nilakottai 7.4, Palani 46, Kodaikanal Boat Club 65.25 and Kodaikanal Observatory 25.


The district administration has begun releasing water from the Vembakottai dam as it has touched the full reservoir level of 7.5 metres following incessant rain.

Similarly, the surplus water from the Anaikuttam dam is being diverted to the Kolwarpatti dam. The water level in various dams (in metres) on Tuesday was Periyar - 10.24 (14), Kovilar - 6.90 (13), Kolwarpatti 3.20 (5.50) and Kullursandhai 1.28 (2.45), the Collector, S.S. Jawahar said in a statement.

With the northeast monsoon intensifying, more than 29 out of 337 tanks in the Vaippar and Gundar basins have water to their capacity. While 14 tanks have more than 75 per cent of water, 77 have 50 per cent.

The Collector has instructed Public Works Department officials to repair the shutters in the Sasthakoil dam. The officials have been asked to keep adequate numbers of sandbags to plug breaches in tanks, if any.

The Village Administrative Officer and the village assistants have been asked to keep vigil on the tanks. The officials have been instructed to take up relief work in case of flood.




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