Madurai

Rain relents in southern districts

Water overflowing through the badly maintained weir at Singaankulam near Panagudi in Tirunelveli district on Friday.

Water overflowing through the badly maintained weir at Singaankulam near Panagudi in Tirunelveli district on Friday.   | Photo Credit: A_SHAIKMOHIDEEN

Officials exhorted to take precautionary measures

As the cyclonic activity almost subsided in the district, no part of Tirunelveli experienced significant rainfall in the past 24 hours that ended at 8 a.m. on Friday.

It was a sunny day in Tirunelveli district even though the weathermen had predicted good rainfall even on November 1.

Collector Shilpa Prabhakar Satish, who reviewed the rain-related damages and other preparations to be put in place before the next spell, instructed the officials to inspect the bunds of these waterbodies and the overflow structures.

The 15-acre Singaankulam, known as Krishnan Puthukkulam near Panagudi, which gets water from the sprawling ISRO’s Propulsion Research Complex, is overflowing due to a poorly maintained weir. Since dense acacia trees have grown inside the tank and also near the weir, it hampers free flow of water. Consequently, cracks have started developing in a few spots along the bunds around the waterbody.

“We alerted the Valliyoor panchayat union officials on Friday morning to attend to the issue. Though two persons from the panchayat union office visited the spot around 10 a.m., no step was taken. So, we (farmers having cultivable land under this waterbody), have decided to address the issue temporarily,” said Franklin, a farmer of Panagudi.

As heavy flow continued in the waterfalls at Courtallam, the tourists were not allowed to take bath in the morning. When the flood subsided, the police allowed the visitors to take bath first at Five Falls, then at Main Falls and Old Courtallam Falls also.

Thoothukudi

Much to the relief of the Corporation authorities, the rain subsided completely on Friday and enabled the sanitary workers to expedite the cleaning operation. Since most of the roads here were in a bad condition with overflowing sewage mixing up with the stagnant rainwater, it was attended by the corporation workers who concentrated on pumping the water out.

Kanniyakumari

The badly damaged Therisanankopu – Arumanallur Road was cut off due to rainwater. Rainwater that was flowing above the Vadaseri – Thadikkarankonam road at Erachchakulam also hit vehicular traffic.

As a house collapsed at Paattavilai near Colachel due to incessant rain, 75-year-old Maria Mathalenal got trapped under the debris and died on the spot. Rain has so far damaged over 50 houses partly and seven houses fully in the district.

Missing fishermen

Since, 102 fishermen from the district, who had ventured into the sea in eight mechanised boats are yet to return, Collector Prashant M. Wadnere has sought the Indian Coast Guard’s help in locating them.

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