Augurs well for samba and thaladi crops in Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts
Heavy rain lashed Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts on Friday. It was a continuous downpour from Thursday night till Friday evening. Meteorological sources said that rain may continue for another couple of days. Schools in the two districts remained closed on Friday.
Water stagnation was reported in paddy fields from many areas in the districts.
However, agriculture department officials said that the rain may not affect the standing samba and thaladi crop in the two districts. "In fact this is a good rain for samba and thaladi as the crop is at the transplantation stage when water requirement will be more," agriculture department officials said.
K.Baskaran, Collector, said that 161 low lying areas have been identified in Thanjavur district. Revenue department officials visited the spots on Friday and conducted inspections .
Nothing untoward has been reported so far. In all these areas, shelter for accommodating people in case of emergencies have been identified and generators have been kept ready. Officials are keeping constant vigil, the Collector said.
Rainfall recorded till eight a.m. on Friday: Muthupettai 178 mm.; Pattukottai 148 mm.; Thiruthuraipoondi 137.4 mm.; Peravurani 125.4 mm., Tiruvarur 112.4 mm.; Nannilam 100.3 mm.; Needamangalam 86 mm.; Madukkur 83 mm.; Mannargudi 79 mm.; Thanjavur 43.2 mm.; Kumbakonam 40 mm.; Valangaiman 39.4 mm, Grand Anicut 39.2 mm.; Thirukattuppalli 29 mm.; Thiruvaiyaru 25.2 mm.; Papanasam 24.2 mm.
The district experienced heavy rainfall last night and on Friday. Due to the inclement, Collector T. Munusamy ordered the closure of all schools in the district today.
Three women suffered injuries when the wall of their huts caved in at Seshamoolai panchayat in Thittacheri police station limits. They were admitted to hospital.
Due to inclement weather, fishermen of the coastal villages of Akkaraipettai; Keechankuppam; Nambiarnagar; Poompuhar; Vedaranyam; Pazhaiyar; Pushpavanam did not venture into the sea today, according to fisheries department sources.
Tirupoondi experienced the maximum rainfall of 188 m.m. in the last 24 hours that ended at 8 a.m. on Friday, followed by Anaikarachathiram 172 m.m.; Talaignayar 169.2 m.m.; Manalmedu 98.4 m.m.; Nagapattinam 91.4 m.m.; Vedaranyam 79.1 m.m.; Sirkazhi 68.8 m.m.; Mayiladuthurai 51.4 m.m.; Tarangambadi 31.6 m.m.
Various parts of the district experienced widespread rainfall throughout the day on Friday. The tanks and ponds across the district were getting copious inflow of water. Due to the continuous rainfall, Collector B. Maheswari had ordered closure of all schools in the district.
Kattumavadi experienced the maximum rainfall of 122 m.m. in the last 24 hours that ended at 8 a.m. today, followed by Manamelkudi 104 m.m.; Meemisal 96.4 m.m.; Udaiyalipatti 85.2 m.m.; Aranthangi 80.2 m.m.; Karambakudi 80 m.m.; Alangudi 73 m.m.; Nagudi 71 m.m.; Annavasal 65 m.m.; Arimalam 58 m.m.; Keeranur 57 m.m.; Ayingudi 55.8 m.m.; Iluppur and Keezhanilai 52 m.m.; Gandarvakottai 48 m.m.; Karaiyur 43.4 m.m.; Pudukottai 41 m.m; Ponnamaravathi 40 m.m.; Perungalur 39 m.m.; Avudaiyarkoil 38 m.m.; Tirumayam 36 m.m.; Kudumiyanmalai 35 m.m.; Viralimalai 30.4 m.m.; Mazhaiyur 25 m.m.; Adanakottai 22 m.m.
Several parts of Karur district experienced sporadic and moderate rain throughout Friday even as sky remained overcast.
The chief amount of rainfall (in mm) recorded in various locations in the date ending 8.30 a.m. on Friday are Aravakurichi 5.1, K. Paramathi 5.0, Kulithalai 11.40, Mayanoor 9.0, Karur 6.4, Anaipalayam 5.2, Thogamalai 27.0, Panjapatti 18.8, Palaviduthi 23.0, Kadavur 26.0, Krishnarayapuram 10.0, Mylampatti 26.0.