Madurai

Papanasam dam almost full

Water from Vadakku Ariyanayagi tank overflowing across the road.— Photo: Lakshmi Arun  

Papanasam dam was almost full with water level standing at 141.40 feet on Thursday morning as against the maximum capacity of 143 feet. Since the influx was over 2,000 cusecs, the level crossed 142 feet around 4 p.m. and the entire quantum of inflow is likely to be discharged in the Tamirabharani from Friday.

However, the inflow into Manimuthar dam is thin as there was no significant rainfall in its catchment areas. Water level stood at 93.35 feet as against the maximum level of 118 feet.

The inflow into the dam stood at 470 cusecs while the discharge was 30 cusecs.

As the district experienced widespread drizzle since the early hours of Thursday, Collector M. Karunakaran declared holiday for schools and colleges in the district.

Vadakku Ariyanayagipuram Tank near here started overflowing in the early hours of Thursday and vehicular traffic between this village and Mukkoodal remained affected.

Water from nine overflowing tanks around Vadakku Ariyanayagipuram marooned over 100 houses in Pappakudi and Sivagamipuram and revenue officials evacuated over 300 people to safety.

Cheranmahadevi Sub-Collector V. Vishnu visited the areas and met the evacuated people. He made arrangements for serving them food and extending medical assistance.

Following heavy rainfall in areas close to the Western Ghats, the lake at Vasudevanallur started overflowing on Wednesday night.

The surplus water is flowing across Madurai–Kollam National Highway and has entered a few streets of Vasudevanallur and the town panchayat office.

18-month-old killed

When the wall of a house at Kuruvankottai collapsed, 18-month-old R. Lingaraja was crushed to death while his father Rajan, a labourer, escaped with injuries.

When he was taking bath in the Nitchebhanadhi near Karivalamvanthanallur, M. Siva (19) of Samshihapuram was washed away in the flash floods on Thursday. Fire and Rescue Services personnel have launched a search for him.

Rainfall

Rainfall recorded in the district was (in mm): Cheranmahadevi 68, Sankarankovil 59, Ambasamudram 52, Sivagiri 41, Tirunelveli 32, Palayamkottai 21, Aayikudi 15.20, Adavinaiar dam 15, Tenkasi 11.30, Karuppanadhi dam 8, Ramanadhi and Servalar dams 7, Shencottai 5, Alangulam 4.20, Papanasam dam 3, Gundar dam 2 and Manimuthar dam 1.

Water level in the dams was (in feet with maximum capacity given in brackets): Servalar 149.57 (156); Gadana 83.85 (85); Ramanadhi 82.60 (84); Karuppanadhi 70.85 (72); Gundar 36.10 (36.10); Adavinainar 131.60 (132); Vadakku Pachchaiyar 42 (67); Kodumudiyar 56.70 (57) and Nambiyar 23.75 (25).


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