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Mordhana dam in Vellore fills up

People had to wade through water using a rope, after the level began to rise in the dam. (Right) The Mordhana dam near Gudiyatham.– Photos. C. Venkatachalapathy

People had to wade through water using a rope, after the level began to rise in the dam. (Right) The Mordhana dam near Gudiyatham.– Photos. C. Venkatachalapathy  

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It reached its full storage capacity of 261.36 mcft on Saturday morning

After Andiappanur Dam in Tirupattur, another reservoir has filled up in Vellore district.

Following rains, water levels swelled up in Mordhana Dam near Gudiyatham, reaching its full storage capacity of 261.36 mcft on Saturday morning.

It was last in 2008 that the water level in the dam had reached its full capacity. Officials of the Public Works Department (PWD) said heavy rainfall in Andhra Pradesh and resultant water flow in Koundinya River led to the filling up of the dam.

Already, the Andiappanur Dam in Tirupattur had filled up following the recent heavy rainfall.

As the dam received surplus water, close to 94.24 cusecs of water is being discharged currently, officials said.

The third dam in the district - Rajathoppu – has 8.72 mcft of water as against its storage capacity of 20.52 mcft.

A team of revenue officials led by District Revenue Officer K. Manivannan were rescued by personnel of the Fire and Rescue Services, Gudiyatham after they were caught up on one side the dam area. “The six members had gone to the dam to inspect the water level. By the time the inspection ended, the water level had swelled up, filling up the dam.

The officials could not reach the other side due to the water.

A team of eight personnel from the Gudiyatham Fire Station went to the spot at about 12.45 p.m. and brought them to the other side using a rope,” said a fire officer. One of the team members were also stung by a bee.

Of the 519 PWD tanks across the district, 246 have filled up following heavy rainfall. A total of 108 tanks have 75 per cent water, while 104 tanks have 50 per cent water level, officials said.



Heavy rainfall in Andhra Pradesh and water flow in Koundinya River led to filling up of the dam



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