MADURAI: Kayalpattinam in Tuticorin district recorded 306 mm rainfall in 24 hours till Friday morning as heavy rain pounded the southern coastal district due to a low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal.
Tuticorin district recorded an average rainfall of 118.82 mm, and 639 people from 16 inundated locations were evacuated to rescue shelters till Thursday night. The number was reduced to 503 people in 11 shelters on Friday morning.
Tuticorin Port (266.6 mm), Tiruchendur (248 mm), Srivaikuntam (179 mm), Kulasekarapattinam (158 mm), Vaippar (149 mm), Tuticorin taluk office (144 mm), Tuticorin Old Guest House (141 mm), Ottapidaram (121 mm) and Sathankulam (121 mm) recorded very heavy rainfall.
Other places in the coastal district that recorded heavy rainfall are Kadambur (90 mm), Maniyachi (87 mm), Vedanatham (80 mm), Ettayapuram (78.9 mm), Kovilpatti (71 mm), Keelaarasdi (59 mm), Kayathar (58 mm), Surangudi (56 mm) and Kadalkudi (52 mm). Though rain gave a break in many places from Thursday night, the downpour till night affected normalcy on Friday.
Tuticorin collector K Senthil Raj said that 187 motor pumps and two earthmovers are deployed for dewatering from 177 locations in the inundated areas in Tuticorin Corporation. As more than 20,000 cusecs of water was being released from Papanasam and Servalar reservoirs into the river Thamirabarani in Tirunelveli district due to heavy rain in the catchments, the water level in the river is expected to go up in Tuticorin district from Friday evening.
Tuticorin and Tirunelveli district administrations have advised public not to venture into the river for bathing, swimming and fishing. Tirunelveli too received heavy rainfall with an average rainfall of 80 mm. Palayamkottai (107 mm) recorded the highest and is followed by Manimuthar (94.6 mm), Cheranmahadevi (84.8 mm), Papanasam (81 mm), Ambasamudram (79 mm), Tirunelveli (76.2 mm) Nanguneri (64 mm) and Radhapuram (54 mm).
A lightning strike claimed the lived of B Pandiammal, 50, of Kumarapatti near Sivagangai while she was at work in the field on Thursday evening.
Singampunari (139.6 mm), Thiruppuvanam (114.6 mm), Sivagangai (96 mm), Thirupathur (84 mm) and Karaikudi (70 mm) recorded very heavy and heavy rainfall in Sivagangai district. The district recorded an average rainfall of 65.26 mm till Friday morning.
Madurai district recorded 60.52 mm rainfall with Kallandiri (102.6 mm) recording the highest. Mettupatti (80 mm), Idayapatti (77 mm), Pulipatti (73.6 mm), Sholavandan (70.6 mm), Thaniyamangalam (67 mm), Vadipatti (67 mm), Kalligudi (66.8 mm), Chittampatti (65.2 mm), Melur (64 mm), Andipatti (62.4 mm), Peraiyur (62.2 mm), Thirumangalam (58.6 mm), airport (53 mm) and Sathiyar Dam (50 mm) also recorded good rainfall.
In Dindigul district, Dindigul city recorded the highest rainfall of 103.8 mm as the district recorded an average rainfall of 63.24 mm. Vedasandur (101.3 mm), Tobacco Station (101.1 mm), Chatripatti (80.4 mm), Palani (72 mm) and Kamatchipuram (70 mm) are other stations in the district that recorded heavy rainfall.
Virudhunagar district recorded an average rainfall of 69.48 mm with Sattur (112 mm), Vembakottai (99 mm), Srivilliputhur (75 mm) and Aruppukottai (73 mm) being places that recorded heavy and very heavy rainfall. Average rainfall recorded in the other southern districts in 24 hours till Friday morning is as follows: Kanyakumari (46.41 mm), Theni (45.96 mm), Tenkasi (36.24 mm) and Ramanathapuram (33.39 mm).





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