Heavy rain throws life out of gear in TN

Heavy rain throws life out of gear in TN

Inflow of dams in South has increased

Heavy rain throws life out of gear in TN

After  a spell of dry weather in the last two weeks, normal life was once again affected across Tamil Nadu due to heavy rain that lashed the state since Sunday night under the influence of Southwest monsoon.

Fifteen districts barring the state capital Chennai saw heavy rain with weathermen predicting more rain in the next two days even as water level of state reservoirs including Mettur dam have increased substantially.

“Due to a trough of low pressure under the influence of Southwest monsoon, heavy rain is expected to occur over many districts in the next 48 hours,” a senior Met official said.
According to a weather bulletin on Monday evening, fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry were warned not to venture into sea as strong winds from  Southwesterly  direction with speed occasionally reaching 45-55 kmph is likely along and off Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts.

Periyakulam in Dindigul district recorded eight centimetres of rainfall during the last 24 hours followed by Salem district, which registered seven centimetres during the same period.

Meanwhile, due to heavy rain in neighbouring Karnataka, Stanley reservoir in Mettur, the lifeline of delta farmers, continue to receive high inflow since Sunday morning, taking water level to about 93-feet mark.

“Due to heavy rain in the catchment area, the inflow in Mettur dam has increased in the last few days. At present it stands at 92.3 feet ,” a senior official from PWD-Water Resources Organisation said here on Sunday morning.

Most of the reservoirs located close to or in the Western Ghats, including Mullaperiyar, Vaigai, Sholayar and Aliyar, are recording a good inflow.

There is a steady rise in water storage in Manimuthar dam, built across Tamirabarani river, in Tirunelveli.

The inflow of  other dams in southern region including Bhavanisagar, Papanasam, Sholayar and Parambikulam has also increased in the last couple of days.

With the rain gods not being kind to Chennai and its suburbs, water level in the reservoirs that caters drinking water supply to city looks grim. The present water levels in Poondi, Sholavaram, Redhills, Chembarampakkam and Veeranam was less compared to the same period of previous year.

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