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Heavy rains lash Rameswaram island

Rainwater entered the pragarams of Sri Ramanathaswamy temple in Rameswaram on Tuesday.

Rainwater entered the pragarams of Sri Ramanathaswamy temple in Rameswaram on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: handout_e_mail

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Sri Ramanathaswamy temple’s corridors and ‘sannadhis’ flooded

Heavy rains lashed Rameswaram island in the early hours of Tuesday, flooding the corridors, ‘sannadhis’ and ‘ratha veethis’ of the historic Sri Ramanathswamy temple and inundating several low lying areas.

The island witnessed heavy rains for more than three hours since 3 a.m but other parts of the district either witnessed drizzles or no rain. While Rameswaram recorded the highest rainfall of 84.20 mm as on Tuesday morning, nearby Pamban and Thangachimadam recorded 69.20 mm and 56.60 mm respectively, officials said.

Except Mandapam, the island’s outskirts which recorded 8.60 mm of rainfall, other parts of the district received nil rainfall, according to the data released by the Meteorological department. The rains in Rameswaram flooded the Swamy, Ambal and Ambal ‘kodimaram’ ‘sannadhis’ and ‘ratha veethis’ of the Sri Ramanathswamy temple.

Constant raising the height of the road around the temple whenever a new road was formed and the ongoing underground sewage system led to rainwater flowing into the temple, through its east entrance, temple officials said.

The entrance was at least one and a half foot below the road level, they said. As the devotees, who visited the temple felt inconvenient, the temple authorities pumped out the flood water, using at least three electric motors.

Thought most of the other parts of the district had been witnessing only scattered rainfall, farmers have taken up direct paddy sowing, using the wet condition. Paddy cultivation was expected to take place in about 1.25 lakh hectares of rain-fed areas in the district and farmers pinned hopes on good monsoon during this year.

Officials said sowing has so far been completed in 52,000 hectares and farmers have procured a total of 1,050 metric tonnes of seeds, mainly Co-51, NLR-34449 and ADT (R)-45 paddy varieties for sowing. Seed drill sowing was also going on in the district, they added.

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