: The western parts of the district, particularly Marthandam, Kuzuthurai and Thuckalay, witnessed widespread rain for the last two days. It brought cheer among the public as well as farmers.

The maximum rainfall of 55 mm was recorded at Thriuvattar followed by 43 mm in Thirparappu, 8.2 mm in Pechipparai and 2.2 mm in Chittar I.

The flow of water into the Pechipparai dam was 197 cusecs, 50 cusecs into Perunchani, 27 cusecs each into Chittar I and Chittar II.

Water level in the Pechipparai dam crossed 12.20 feet, 26.85 feet in Perunchani, 4.07 feet in Chittar I and 4.16 feet in Chittar II

Meanwhile, Collector S. Nagarajan directed officials of Public Works Department to release 50 cusecs of water from Chittar II to prevent seepage of seawater into drinking water projects as the underground water table depleted recently.

Similarly, the officials had already released 25 cusecs from the Pechipparai dam to ensure distribution of potable water to residents.

As the residents of Nagercoil municipal limit are suffering from acute water scarcity, the collector directed the PWD officials to release 50 cusecs of water from Perunchani dam.

As the people of the district demanded the release of adequate water from all the four dams to ensure distribution of potable water once in two days in the recently conducted the Assured Maximum Service to Marginalized People in All Villages programme, a team had already been formed to give a detail report to the district administration, said the district collector.