Madurai, Mar 21: Normal life remained paralysed in Southern Districts of Tamil Nadu due to heavy rainfall which innundated several hundred hectares of crops.
Official sources said rain water was stagnating on several acres of paddy fields threatening to damage them.
The unexpected early summer rainfall has not only affected short-term crops but also hit perennial crops like silk cotton and chilly cultivation.
The heavy downpour has also hit tender mango and drumstick trees.
However, the extent of damage is yet to be ascertained.
Small scale units involved in brick manufacturing were also hit, in Ramanathapuram District.
Heavy rainfall damaged over 25 brick kilns at Sayalkudi Village in Paramakudi Taluk. The loss was estimated at Rs ten lakh.
Almost all the major reservoirs, lakes and other water bodies in South Tamil Nadu were brimming with water.
The rainfall has come as a boon to drought-hit districts like Ramanathapuram as the ground water table increased due to continuous downpour.
In Madurai, the rainfall which started last night is still continuing affecting normal life of the residents.
A report from Tiruchirapalli said the District recieved heavy rainfall last night with Tiruchirapalli Town recording the maximum of 80.20 mm. The chief amounts of rainfall in mm are Karur (63.2), Manapparai (56.4), Mettur (52.4) Mayanur (49.6), Ponnayar Dam (48.4), Upper Anaicut (36), Tiruchirapalli Airport (26.2), Kuzhuthalai (24) and Thirumanur (19).
The heavy rainfall is attributed to a trough of low pressure over Cape Comorin and adjoining areas of Maldives.
Met officials had said the trough extended east Arabian Sea off Karnataka Coast promising to bring isolated heavy rainfall to Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Coastal and South interior Karnataka, Kerala and Lakshadweep.