Tamil Nadu Bureau
Rain claims two lives; 92 mm at Mukkadal
Nagercoil: Heavy rain lashed various parts of the district for the second day on Tuesday and claimed two lives.
The district administration sounded a flood alert in all rivers, including the Pazhayar, the Palar, the Pokkuruli and the Tamiraparani. The people living in low-lying areas were asked to move to safer places.
Suyampu (52) of Nambimalai under the Eraniel police limit was electrocuted when he came in contact with a live wire at a paddy field. Similarly, an old man was washed away by flash floods at Koothavilakam near Thiruvattar when he tried to cross a wayside culvert.
The Fire Service and Rescuer Department personnel rescued the body of Kanmani alias Amos (60), a retired Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation employee of Kootuvilakam near Thiruvattar, who had been washed away by flash floods, while he was trying to cross a culvert near the Palaru on Sunday.
The maximum amount of rainfall of 92 mm was recorded at Mukkadal followed by 89.6 in Nagercoil, 71.4 in Surulode, 61.6 in Kannimar, 48.6 in Kottaram, 47.2 in Myladi, 41.4 in Puthen dam, 41 in Perunchani, 32.6 in Pechipparai and 31.2 in Aralvoimozhi.
The water level in Pechipparai stood at 46 feet against the total capacity of 48 feet, 73.60 feet in Perunchani (77 feet), 16.63 feet in Chittar I (18 feet) and 16.73 feet in Chittar II (18 feet).
One person was killed and 21 houses were damaged in heavy rain that lashed Tuticorin district on Monday and in the early hours of Tuesday.
Selvam (38) died after a portion of the ceiling of his house situated at Tiruchendur fell down on him while he was asleep on Tuesday morning. The ceiling caved in after it got soaked in the overnight rain.
Meanwhile, a house was damaged and 20 suffered partial damages in the rain.
The Collector, R. Palaniyandi, said that flood alert had been sounded yet again along the banks of the Tamiraparani and the Vyppar after large quantity of water was released from the reservoirs situated in Tirunelveli and Virudhunagar districts.
The district received a total rainfall of 453 mm, with an average of 23.84 mm in the last 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
The catchment areas received good amount of rain in the last 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
During the period, 50.45 mm rainfall was recorded at the Papanasam dam site, 28 at the Servalaru dam, 52 at the Manimuthar dam, 85 mm at the Adavinainarkoil dam and 84 at the Karuppanadhi dam.
The water level at Papanasam at 8 a.m. on Tuesday was 128.70 feet against a total height of 143 ft.
Similarly, water level at Manimuthar stood at 88.90 feet (118 feet) and the level at the Servalaru dam stood at 140.22 feet (156 feet).