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Sabarigiri reservoirs replenishedManiyar barrage and Moozhiyar dam receiving heavy inflow from catchment areas

Pathanamthitta district has been witnessing an unprecedented bout of summer showers for the past one week, perhaps the highest amount of rain during March-April in the recent past.

The overcast sky and torrential downpour lend a monsoon-like feel to this part of the State. Catchment areas of the Sabarigiri hydroelectric project too have been receiving moderate rain for the past week.

District Collector R. Girija said the Maniyar barrage of the Pampa irrigation project and the Moozhiyar dam of the Kakkad hydroelectric project had been receiving heavy inflow from its catchment areas.

She said people along the banks of the Pampa and Kakkattar rivers should be vigilant against the likely opening of the barrage shutters if the consistent inflow from the catchment areas continued. Forest Department sources said rain in the small town of Konni in the past 24 hours had recorded a remarkable rise, compared to the same period last year.

As per the records available at the Divisional Forest Office in Konni, the hilly tracts bordering forests received a total of 35 mm rain in the past 24 hours. The rain gauge at Kurudamannil has recorded 6 mm from Thursday morning to Friday morning.

The Kakki-Anathodu twin reservoirs of the Sabarigiri project has received 18 mm of rain on Thursday and Friday. The Sabarigiri reservoirs recorded 50% of its total capacity as on Saturday, official sources at Moozhiyar said.

The summer rain has provided a much-needed respite to the Kerala State Electricity Board amid the call to release water to the Pampa from its reservoirs to increase the water level in the river bathing ghats during the ongoing Vishu festival at the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple.

The rain has also helped replenish the groundwater table, especially in the water-scarce areas of the district, besides providing relief from the scorching heat.