Even as Sivagiri in the district received 237 mm rainfall on Saturday, water level in Papanasam Dam, one of the three main reservoirs here, crossed the 100 feet mark on 7th November Saturday evening, bringing cheers among the farmers.
Sivagiri and Sankarankovil, which hitherto failed to register major rainfall after the northwest monsoon set in a week ago, experienced heavy rainfall on Saturday. However, the downpour damaged more than 25 houses in these two taluks in the past 24 hours that ended with 8 a.m.
Water level in Papanasam Dam crossed 102.70 feet on 8th November Sunday evening while Servalar Dam had 128 feet water. Manimuthar Dam water level stood at 91 feet on 8th November Sunday evening.
When the residents of Kalakkad blocked traffic on Sunday demanding pressing compensation to the damaged houses, the police and revenue officials came to the spot and pacified the protestors with the assurance that relief measures would be taken immediately.
Waterfalls at Courtallam are still flowing dangerously and tourists were prevented from taking bath. Kutralam more water coming in the falls, but rain decreases on 9th November Monday morning.
Water level in the dams (in feet) are: Papanasam – 102.70, Manimuthar – 91, Servalar – 128, Gadana – 83, Ramanadhi – 82, Karuppanadhi – 70.21, Gundar – 36, Adavinainar – 96.50, Vadakku Pachchaiyaar – 29, Nambiyar – 10.95 and Kodumudiyar – 42.
Rainfall in the district (in mm): Sivagiri – 237, Sankarankovil – 98, Papanasam – 60, Manimuthar – 56, Shencottai – 51, Aayikudi – 26.60, Tenkasi – 23, Nanguneri – 20, Palayamkottai – 18.20, Alangulam – 16, Tirunelveli and Radhapuram – 14 and Ambasamudram – 11.