One killed, 15 houses damaged in Tuticorin
Nagercoil: Heavy rains lashed various parts of the district on Saturday. Water supply to Putheri and Kaniyankulam under Rajakkamangalam panchayat union and Erachakulam under Thovalai panchayat union in the district was affected owing to the damages at the main pipeline, which carries water from the Mukkadal dam.
However steps had already been taken to restore water supply to the affected people by linking the second pipeline, which was also carrying water to Nagercoil municipal limits.
The Collector (in-charge), B. Jothi Nirmala, has appealed to the people to consume only boiled water.
Steps had also been taken to chlorinate the water which was being supplied to them, said B. Jothi Nirmala
Kanyakumari, Kottaram, Agastheeswaram, South Tamaraikulam, Swamithoppu, Myladi, Marunkoor, Alagappapuram, Anjugramam, Nagercoil, Thuckalay, Kulasekaram and Karungal experienced heavy rain on Saturday.
As there was no rain in the catchment areas, there was no increase in water level in all the four dams namely Pechipparai, Perunchani, Chittar I and Chittar II.
Meanwhile rainwater entered into the Bhagavathy Amman temple. But immediate efforts were made by the authorities concerned to drain out the rainwater in order to facilitate Ayyappa devotes to worship Bhagavathy Amman.
Level in dams
The water level in Pechipparai dam stood at 46 feet against the total capacity of 48 feet, 72.90 feet in Perunchani against the total capacity of 77 feet, 16.70 feet in Perunchani against the total capacity of 18 feet and 16.80 feet in Chittar II against the total capacity of 18 feet.
Kottaram recorded a maximum rainfall of 31.2 mm, followed by Myladi - 11.2 mm, Perunchani - 2.24 mm, Puthen dam - 2.2 mm, Nagercoil - 2 mm, Aralvoimozhi - 1.8 mm and Boothapandi - 1.6 mm.
One person died and 15 houses were damaged after rain lashed the district on Friday evening and in the early hours of Saturday.
Swarnam (62), a resident of Vasavappapuram village under Srivaikundam Taluk, died, after the walls of her house collapsed and fell on her, owing to faulty construction.
The Disaster Management and Mitigation Department sources said the district received a total of rainfall of 132.2 mm, with an average of 6.95 mm, during the last 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Following is the rainfall recorded (in mm) at different places: Tiruchendur - 16; Kayalpattinam - 8; Kulasekarapattinam - 6.4; Vilathikulam - 19; Kadalkudi - 1; Kovilpatti - 9; Kazhugamalai - 7.4; Keezha Arasadi - 3; Ettayapuram - 11; Sattankulam - 15; Srivaikundam - 31 and Tuticorin - 3.4.