THANJAVUR/TIRUVARUR: Heavy rain lashed Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts for the second day on Wednesday forcing people to stay indoors. Schools and colleges remained closed in both the districts. Though water logging in paddy fields was reported in some areas in both districts, there was no damage to crops.
M. Chandrasekaran, Collector, Tiruvarur, said that there was no damage to paddy crop in the district. Eight huts were partly damaged in Mannargudi division. Four goats died.
M. S. Shanmugham, Collector, Thanjavur, said that there was no damage to crops in Thanjavur district also.Rainfall recorded in various places in the last 24 hours till 8 a.m. in Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts on Wednesday: Thanjavur 140 mm, Needamangalam 127 mm, Lower Anaicut 125 mm, Thiruthuraipoondi 122.4 mm, Tiruvarur 107 mm, Orathanadu 106.6 mm Nannilam 103.4 mm, Mannargudi 93 mm, Kodavasal 91.4 mm, Neyvasal 84.4 mm, Thiruvaiyaru 80.2 mm, Kumbakonam 72 mm, Valangaiman 70.6 mm, Madukkur 69 mm, Papanasam 65.4 mm, Thirukattupalli 49.2 mm, Grand Anaicut 23.2 mm.
The continuing wet spell induced by the depression has helped farmers in Karur district a great deal even as they opine that any more rainfall beyond the current bout could pretty well endanger their crops. As of now, the farmers are happy that the rains have helped their standing crops.
As far as wetlands were concerned both cash crops and paddy have received enough rainfall and that would help the farmers to a huge extent. But for the rainfed crops, except those that have been sown in ‘Purattasi,’ the rains could in no way be of any help. Since the Purattasi sowing season was dull, the rainfed areas could not savour the current rain and benefit out of that. But, for those who sowed rather late, the current rains would be helpful.
An overwhelming majority of the farmers in the district have been pretty comfortable with the rains but they fear that continued rains would spell doom for them.
Meanwhile rain continued to batter several parts of the district with no let up in sight. Karur, Kulithalai, Aravakurichi and Velayuthampalayam areas experienced intermittent, moderate and nagging rain in the past four days throwing routine life into a spin.
Sky remained mostly overcast and low lying areas sported sheets of water as the streets and roads remained drenched.
Heavy rain battered coastal villages in Pudukottai district on Wednesday. Several parts of the district experienced moderate to heavy rains affecting normal life. According to farmers, the rains were timely and beneficial to the standing samba paddy crop raised in the tail-end taluks.
Kattumavadi in the district recorded the highest rainfall of 112 mm in the last 24 hours till 8 a.m. on Wednesday.
The chief amount of rainfall recorded in other places were: Meemisal 104 mm; Manamelkudi 101 mm; Aranthangi 75 mm; Nakudi 55 mm; Ayinkudi 54 mm; Keezhanilai 53 mm; Karambakudi 44 mm; Aranthangi 35 mm; Gandarvakotti 34 mm; Annavasal 32 mm; Adhanakottai, Arimalam, Karaiyur and Keeranur 30 mm each; Perungalur 26 mm; Tirumayam 25 mm; Pudukottai 24 mm; Iluppur 23 mm; Kudumiyanmalai 13 mm. Udaiyalipatti 12 mm and Ponnamaravathy 9 mm.
Fishermen did not venture into the sea. All private and government educational institutions remained closed following heavy rains.
Widespread moderate rain was reported in several parts of Perambalur district on Wednesday. The district recorded a total rainfall of 167 mm in the last 24 hours till 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Venbavur received the maximum rainfall of 58 mm followed by Perambalur 46 mm, Thazhuthaazhai 35 mm, Chettikulam 15 mm and Paadaalur 13 mm.
Several places in Ariyalur district experienced light to moderate showers on Wednesday.
Jayamkondam recorded the highest rainfall of 35 mm in the last 24 hours till 8 a.m. on Wednesday followed by Tirumanur 24 mm, Ariyalur and Sendurai 8 mm each.
Holiday was declared for all educational institutions in Perambalur and Ariyalur districts on Wednesday in view of the rains.
Rain continued to lash Nagapattinam district on Wednesday.
A 75-year old woman was washed away in a rainwater drainage channel on Wednesday.
Two persons, a father and son were injured in a wall collapse in Mayiladuturai and were being treated at the Mayiladuturai General Hospital.
Eight livestock were killed and eight houses were completely damaged and 31 houses were partly damaged.
Samba crop in about 24,127 ha stood inundated with about 14,375 ha of crop wilted in the rain.
The amount of rainfall recorded in various places in the last 24 hours that ended at 8 a.m. on Wednesday were as follows: Thirupoondi 162 mm, Manalmedu 143 mm, Mayildaturai 147.8 mm, Thalainayar 135.8 mm, Nagapattinam 119.6 mm, Tharangamdi 114.2 mm, Sirkazhi 99.5 mm, Kollidam 85 mm and Vedaranyam 38.2 mm, with a recorded average 116.12 mm.