Water level up in tanks despite deficit rainfall

  • By Hindu
  • | Monday | 4th December, 2017

As for tanks under the Tamirabarani division, the level in 75 tanks attained 75 %, 38 tanks between 50 % and 75 % and 14 tanks with storage level of 25 % to 50 %. Twenty-three tanks under limits of panchayat unions reached their maximum level, 33 tanks recorded above 75 % and 114 tanks between 50 % and 75 %. Besides, water storage was up between 50 % and 75 % in 49 tanks and between 25 % and 50 % in 23 tanks. The average annual rainfall is 662 mm and the district has recorded 18 % deficit rainfall, according to Collector N. Venkatesh. While level in 25 tanks under the control of Public Works Department (PWD) reached its maximum, it was above 75 % in 126 other tanks of PWD.


Though Thoothukudi district is yet to experience the average annual rainfall this year, the level in many tanks was up following cyclonic rains.

The average annual rainfall is 662 mm and the district has recorded 18 % deficit rainfall, according to Collector N. Venkatesh. Rainfall of 137.38 mm had been received on three days since November 30.

While level in 25 tanks under the control of Public Works Department (PWD) reached its maximum, it was above 75 % in 126 other tanks of PWD. Besides, water storage was up between 50 % and 75 % in 49 tanks and between 25 % and 50 % in 23 tanks. Only three tanks were below 25 %.

Twenty-three tanks under limits of panchayat unions reached their maximum level, 33 tanks recorded above 75 % and 114 tanks between 50 % and 75 %. As for tanks under the Tamirabarani division, the level in 75 tanks attained 75 %, 38 tanks between 50 % and 75 % and 14 tanks with storage level of 25 % to 50 %.

About 112-km road suffered damage, the Collector told the media here on Monday.

Referring to the impacts of cyclone 'Ockhi', he said a total of 47 fishermen onboard seven boats in distress at sea were rescued. However, four other Thoothukudi fishermen, who were on job from Colachel on a Kerala registered boat, went missing and search and rescue operations are on to spot them at the earliest.

Weather warning to restrict the fishermen was issued on November 28 and 29, but these missing fishermen ventured into sea on November 22.

The cyclonic rains left 155 houses partly and 19 houses fully damaged and five cattle loss was reported in parts of the district. Moreover, 25 fishing boats, 115 electricity poles and a transformer suffered damage due to the cyclone. Gusty winds accompanied by rain uprooted 51 trees, he said, adding that restoration works were completed within twenty-four hours since the officials were alert, the Collector said.

Totally, 55 medical camps and 21 mobile medical camps were also conducted. A relief camp in Punnaikayal, where some houses were inundated, accommodated 345 victims on December 1 and it came down to 118 victims the next day.

Stagnant water was drained and soon the inmates of the relief camp would return to their houses, the Collector said.

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