Heavy downpour in the Western Ghats leads to minor landslips
With the water level crossing its total permissible level of 136 feet in Periyar dam, the Public Works engineers increased discharge from the dam here on Monday. However, excess inflow into the dam has been flowing through the vents into the river.
At present, the dam level has risen to 136.3 feet. Inflow was 4,484 cusecs and 1,855 cusecs of water has been withdrawn by Tamil Nadu and rest of the water has drained in to the river in Kerala.
Large withdrawal from Periyar and good flow in all rivers has helped the water level remain steady at 68.13 feet in Vaigai dam.
Inflow into dam was a whopping 8,384 cusecs. The discharge was around 6,530 cusecs.
Flow into the Vaigai river was good, though rainfall was low in the catchment areas of both the dams.
Rainfall recorded at various places in the district at 8 a.m. on Monday in mm: Periyar 8, Thekkadi .6, Goodalur 15, Uthamapalayam 6, Shanmuga River 8, Veerapandi 10 and Vaigai dam 27.
Heavy downpour in the Western Ghats led to minor landslips on the Bodi-Munnar Ghat road, disrupting traffic on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Collector K.S. Palanisamy rushed to the spot and inspected the affected road. Later, he advised highway officials to clear the places. The highways officials cleared the heaps of soils and boulders that blocked the road within short time and traffic was restored on Sunday evening.
The Collector ordered officials to keep one earth moving equipment and timber saw machine ready for use during emergency. Round-the-clock monitoring of this ghat road was a must, he pointed out.
Sharp showers hit many parts of the district on Sunday. However, light showers were recorded in some parts of the district in early hours of Monday.