: The widespread rain that lashed the district for the past two days to bring cheers among the farming community stopped completely on Monday to bring some respite for the residents and the swollen Tamirabharani has subsided.

Since the western parts of the district, all situated close to the Western Ghats, have received good rain, most of the irrigation tanks in this region are almost full.

Though the rain, triggered by the low pressure in the Bay of Bengal, continued for a couple of days, only 174 of the 2,449 irrigation tanks in the district have reached the maximum storage level while other water bodies have 50 to 75 per cent water, Public Works Department sources said.

As the encroachments made on the channels or the waterways taking rainwater to the irrigation tanks have not been removed for the past several years despite repeated appeals from the agriculturists during the farmers' grievance day meetings, most of the irrigation tanks that should be brimming with water are only half-filled now.

Poorly maintained shutters

Another reason for this problem is that the poorly maintained shutters, which allow the water to gush out.

Following a breach in the bunds of Thulukkarpatti Puthukkulam in Radhapuram taluk, water was gushing out for the few days.

Only after District Collector R. Selvaraj instructed the PWD officials during his visit to the tank to plug the breach, steps were taken to repair the damaged bund. However, by that time, huge quantity of water from the water had already drained.


Rainfall in the district (in mm): Papanasam – 145, Manimuthar – 68, Radhapuram – 18, Sivagiri – 16, Tirunelveli and Nanguneri – 15, Sankarankovil – 12, Alangulam – 10.60, Tennkasi and Shencottai – 7, Aayikudi – 6.40 and Palayamkottai – 5.40.