Tamil Nadu

Water flows into Palar after almost a decade

After a decade:Water flow has reached Palar river near Pallikonda from the Agaram eri.- Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy  

It was a sight to behold for residents of Vellore as water flowed into the Palar near Pallikonda on Tuesday breathing life into the dry river after almost 10 years.

Officials of the Public Works Department said water from the Agaram Eri flowed into the Palar river.

“Water has reached for more than four kilometres from Pallikonda bridge to Kandaneri. Palar is witnessing water flow after 10 years,” an official said.

Many residents stood on Pallikonda bridge to get a glimpse of the water flow on Palar river.

Water level has gone up in the Aanaimadagu dam near Ambur. There was heavy water flow at the Jalagamparai and Amirthi water falls following the rains.

The incessant rains in the last three days have come as a blessing for the water-starved district.

Rainfall

During the 24-hour period ending 8.30 a.m. on November 10, the district received an average rainfall of 119.38 mm of rainfall. Ambur recorded the highest rainfall of 191.60 mm followed by Vaniyambadi (184 mm), Alangayam (177.50 mm), Tirupattur (165.20 mm) and Vellore (114.60 mm). Other parts of the district including Arcot, Kaveripakkam and Melalathur received above 100 mm of rainfall.

During the 24 hour period ending 8.30 a.m. on November 11, the district received 27.14 mm of rainfall. Again, Ambur received the highest rainfall of 79.40 mm, followed by Vaniyambadi with 45 mm of rainfall.

Nandhi, a farmer in Erampatti village of Kandhili block, said the good rainfall has helped in recharging water level in farm wells. “The wells here have got at least 75 per cent water now. This will definitely help in irrigation of the crops raised this season,” he said.

Electrocuted

A 36-year-old man was electrocuted following rains on Wednesday morning. Gnanaprakasam, a resident of Vilari village, Sokkanathanpuram in Arcot taluk, had gone to switch on the motor for the pumpset on his agricultural field at 8.30 a.m. when he was electrocuted to death.

Fifteen cattle were killed in rain related incidents including collapse of shed and electrocution.

A total of 33 houses were completely damaged in the rains across the district, while 149 houses were partially damaged.

The surface-level bridge near Melakuppam village was damaged in the rain.


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