The continuous rain since Sunday night forced Theni district administration to declare holiday for all schools. Similarly, schools in Kodaikanal in Dindigul district were also asked to remain closed as a precautionary measure.

However, the showers subsided on Monday afternoon, and bright sunshine was witnessed later. The showers uprooted a tree near Perumalmalai, which disrupted vehicle movement on Batlagundu-Kodaikanal Ghat Road for a brief period. Otherwise, the rain did not disrupt normal life in Kodaikanal and Theni districts.

The overnight showers in the catchment areas of Periyar dam resulted in the water level shooting up by 1.7 feet to 129.20 feet as the inflow increased from 3,654 cusecs to 5,653 cusecs in 24 hours.

The increase in dam levels and the showers have brought cheers to the farmers of Cumbum Valley in Theni district and the double-cropping areas in Madurai and Dindigul districts.

While water is being released from Periyar dam for irrigating 14,704 acres of ayacut in Cumbum valley since June 17, it is being released from Vaigai dam for 45,000 acres in the other two districts since June 27.

Public Works department is taking efforts to conduct the maximum quantity of water from Periyar dam to Vaigai dam before the south-west monsoon raises the water level in Periyar dam to its permissible level of 142 feet.

Rainfall recorded in various places was (in mm): Gudalur 10.2, Periyakulam 7, Manjalaru 5, Bodinayakanur 3.2, Aranmanaipudur 3 and Andipatti 2.

Water level in dams was (in feet against the full capacity): Manjalar dam 42.6 (57), Sothuparai dam 121.68 (126.28) and Shanmuganathi dam 26.25 (52.55).

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