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DRIZZLE ON: The Papanasam dam nearing its full capacity on Thursday. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen.
DRIZZLE ON: The Papanasam dam nearing its full capacity on Thursday. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen.

P. Sudhakar

Fresh flood alert issued again to people in low-lying areas

TIRUNELVELI: The Tamiraparani, lifeline of Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts, started flowing dangerously after discharge of water from the Papanasam and Saervalar dams was increased substantially on Wednesday night and Thursday morning with both the reservoirs gradually inching towards their full capacity, thanks to intermittent drizzle in the catchment areas.

As the Papanasam dam crossed 140 feet against its full capacity of 143 feet and Saervalar touched 150 feet against the full level of 156 feet on Wednesday night, the combined discharge from these dams increased from 3,200 to 8,000 cusecs, causing floods in the already swelling Tamirarparani.

However, the discharge was reduced to 4,500 cusecs later to maintain a level of 140.05 feet at Papanasam and 148.78 feet at Saervalar, which received 44 mm and 20 mm rainfall respectively till 8 a.m.

Besides suspending boat service to the Paanatheertham Falls, the police prevented the public from taking bath at the Agasthiyar Falls, which is receiving copious inflow after discharge from the dams was increased.

Following the additional release of water, Tamiraparani is in spate since Thursday morning.

Fresh flood alerts were issued once again to the people in low-lying areas.

Police and Fire Service and Rescue Department personnel had been put on high alert to meet any eventuality.

While water level in the `twin dams' of Papanasam and Saervalar is so encouraging, the level in the Manimuthar dam is not so impressive as the rainfall in the catchment areas of this dam continues to be dull.

After the Karuppanadhi received significant influx on Thursday, the Pappan channel breached, resulting in inundation of the Kadayanallur-Sernthamaram stretch.

Traffic on this road was suspended immediately, which also affected vehicular movement to Surandai and Sankarankovil.

Moreover, a section of Kadaynallur, Maavadikkadal, Puthukkudi, Kanmanipuram and Kambanaeri were marooned, owing to the breach.

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