Ramanathapuram district recorded the highest average rainfall of 320 mm during October, as rains lashed southern districts on Thursday. After heavy rainfall was witnessed from Tuesday night, the district administration of Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi and Kanniyakumari declared holiday for all government and private schools on Wednesday. The Dindigul Collector announced holiday for schools in Kodaikanal taluk on Thursday after rains continued through Wednesday night in many parts of the hill station. The highest average rainfall in Ramanathapuram district crossed 300 mm during October for the third time in a decade. As per the rainfall figure recorded at 6 a.m. on Thursday, the district received a total rainfall of 1,025.70 mm with an average of 64.11 mm. This was the second time the total rainfall exceeded the 1,000 mm mark during October, officials said. With widespread rainfall across Theni district, the storage level in many reservoirs rose significantly on Thursday. According to PWD officials, Shanmuganadhi dam reached its full level. Visitors were banned from bathing in Kumbakarai falls as there was a heavy flow of water and the bathing ban in Suruli falls has been extended. Sky remained overcast over Madurai district and mild drizzle was experienced in many parts throughout the day. Wednesday’s rain had increased the flow of water in Vaigai river along the city and pedestrian and vehicle movement on Obula Padithurai causeway was banned on Thursday evening. After widespread rainfall in Thoothukudi, the Corporation took all steps to pump out stagnant rainwater, but the work was thwarted as rain lashed the district till noon. In Kanniyakumari, paddy crop cultivated in several parts of the district was submerged. In Tirunelveli, while a few places recorded moderate rainfall, mild drizzle was witnessed in other parts of the city. However, due to incessant rain in the Western Ghats, there was very strong flow in all waterfalls at Courtallam.