MADURAI: Rainfall in many southern districts of Tamil Nadu brought respite from the sweltering heat to the people, but badly maintained roads led to water logging and many roads in Madurai city wore a slushy look.
The tourist destination of Kodaikanal has also been experiencing heavy showers in the last two days and 32 mm rainfall was recorded on Wednesday. The Kodai lake which was in danger of becoming dry, filled up and overflowed at some outlets after a gap of about two years. Tourists visiting the hill station during this off season were seen enjoying the afternoon showers. The area had received heavy rainfall during the night in the last two days.
In Madurai, pilgrims who had come to visit the temple for the Dassera festival were affected by bad roads. The corporation should consider laying the outer roads leading to the temple also with blocks to help the pilgrims, as this was an important season, they said. Rainwater and overflowing underground sewage in many parts of Gomathipuram made it difficult for people to ply on the roads and people said they feared the spread of diseases in the region due to the unhygienic conditions. Many of the newly integrated areas in the corporation which do not have tar roads were filled with slush after just a single day of rain.
In Virudhunagar district, many parts of Rajapalayam, Watrap and Srivilliputtur experienced moderate rainfall. The Pilavakkal and Kovilaru dams in the region saw a good inflow. Indications that the north-east monsoon was setting in came as a welcome relief to people, who said they were facing hardships due to the lack of rainfall in the region.
Meanwhile, some parts of Tirunelveli experienced heavy showers with lightning on Thursday morning and three cows were charred to death in two different incidents. Alagumuthu, a villager of Eharanthai near Thisaiyanvillai had tethered two of his cows around the tamarind tree in front of his house. However, both animals were struck dead by lightening. In another incident, Seenithai, wife of Sudalaikan of Keeraikaran Thadakgai fainted when she saw their cow kept in the thatched hut in front of their house getting struck by lightning. Officials visited the house and made enquiries. There was heavy inflow in the Coutrallam falls in the district and tourists were warned against bathing there.
Meanwhile, rainfall in the catchments of Periyar dam raised the hopes of farmers. Theni district recorded a total rainfall of 58.20 mm in the last 24 hours ending 8am on Thursday. Aranmanaipudur recorded the highest rainfall of 14.20 mm followed by Periyakulam with 10 mm. The water level in the Periyar dam stood at 120.30 feet with an inflow of 1608 cusecs and a discharge of 904 cuses. The discharge of 400 cusecs was raised by another 500 due to the good inflow. The water level in the Vaigai dam stood at 39.86 feet, with an inflow of 1836 cusecs and discharge of 937 cusecs.
All the southern districts have intensified dengue awareness campaigns with the onset of the monsoon. In Tuticorin, students of NCC took out rallies to create awareness about rainwater harvesting.
Source : The Times of India