Central region

Heavy and widespread rains in the central region

A public holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai, Perambalur, Pudukottai and Ariyalur districts due to the rain.

Several parts of the central region, including the Cauvery Delta districts, received heavy rains overnight.

The city of Nagapattinam was worst hit by the fury of the rain, recording 171.20mm of precipitation during the 24-hour period ending at 6:00 a.m. on Friday.

Heavy rains also fell on Thiruvaiyaru (122 mm), Budalur (100.40) and the town of Thanjavur (83 mm) in Thanjavur district; Tiruvarur (103.3 mm) and Nannilam (94.2 mm) in Tiruvarur district; Labbaikudikadu (109 mm) and Agaram Segoor (100 mm) and Perambalur (72 mm) in Perambalur district; Avudaiyarkovil (79.40 mm) in Pudukottai district and Thirumanur (70.8 mm) in Ariyalur district during the same period.

Most other parts of the central region, including the districts of Mayiladuthurai, Pudukottai and Tiruchi, received moderate to heavy rainfall. Farmers in the main delta districts, just recovering from the rains at the start of the month, are keeping their fingers crossed over the fate of the standing samba / thaladi harvest. They might find it difficult to drain water from the fields if the rains continue.

About 26,891 cusecs of excess water have been diverted into the Kollidam River from Upper Anicut (Mukkombu) as the Mettur Dam is filled to the brim and 24,694 cusecs of excess flow are discharged from the reservoir as on Friday morning.

The Thuraiyur Big Tank in Tiruchi District was filled to the brim after more than a decade. In Perambalur district, collector P. Sri Venkada Priya issued a flood warning to people living downstream of the Kottarai Marudaiyaru reservoir as around 3,500 cusecs of excess water was discharged from the dam as a result of heavy flooding. rains in its watersheds.

A public holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai, Perambalur, Pudukottai and Ariyalur districts due to the rain.