- Heavy rainfall for the past two days caused waterlogging in the residential areas of Muthuramalinga Thevar Nagar of Rameswaram
- A holiday has also been declared in scholls and colleges
Amid forecast of heavy rainfall in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, schools and colleges in the two states have been shut today. The examinations of Madras University and Anna University have also been postponed in view of the heavy rainfall forecast in the area. Heavy rainfall for the past two days caused waterlogging in the residential areas of Muthuramalinga Thevar Nagar of Rameswaram on Sunday, disrupting normal life.
Flood alert issued in TN’s Erode district
A flood alert has been issued to people living on the banks of river Bhavani in this western district of Tamil Nadu as a dam built across it has surplussed in the wake of copious rains in catchment areas, officials said on Monday, PTI reported. The water level in the Lower Bhavani Project reservoir reached its maximum of 105 feet and the storage crossed 32 tmc feet against maximum of 32.8 tmc ft, prompting the Public Works Department authorities to more than triple discharge from 3,500 cusecs to 11,950 cusecs on Monday morning.
15 people killed in wall collapse in Tamil Nadu
15 persons died after a compound wall collapsed and damaged three houses in Nadoor Kannappan Layout in Mettupalayam today morning, ANI reported. Rescue operation underway.
Exams of Madras University, Anna University postponed
Examinations of Madras University and Anna University scheduled for today have been postponed in view of heavy rainfall forecast in the area.
Holiday declared in schools, colleges
A holiday has also been declared for tomorrow in schools in Puducherry due to the same reason.
Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority said, “Holiday has been declared for tomorrow in schools and colleges in Tiruvallur, Thoothukudi and Ramanathapuram. Holiday declared for schools in Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Cuddalore and Chennai.”
Tamil Nadu: Rain lashes parts of city in Chennai.
Tamil Nadu, Puducherry likely to receive more rains: IMD
Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will receive rains in the next few days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted on Sunday.”Due to low atmospheric pressure, there will be heavy and moderate rain in almost all the districts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry,” said N Puviarasan, Director, IMD Chennai. The IMD official has also urged fishermen not to venture into the sea near Kanyakumari sea, Maldives and Lakshadweep for the next couple of days.
Rains lash many parts of Tamil Nadu, more likely
- In some places, residents have been moved to safe ground as houses were marooned, officials said
- State minister Vijayabaskar visited the flood-affected areas in Pudukottai district and was overseeing relief operation
CHENNAI : Rains lashed many parts of Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry with the North-East monsoon in the last 24 hours claiming one life in the state capital, even as the Met office predicted more showers in the next two days. Various parts of the state have been receiving good rainfall since the onset of the monsoon on October 16.
Director of area cyclone-warning Centre, Regional Meteorological Centre, N Puviarasan told reporters here that the presence of an upper air circulation caused heavy to very heavy rains. “In the last 24 hours ending 8.30 am on Sunday, Sathankulam in Tuticorin district recorded maximum of 19 cm of rainfall followed by Cuddalore 17 cm, Tirunelveli 15 cm, Kancheepuram 13 cm, ” he told reporters here on Sunday.
He said light to heavy rainfall may occur over the next 24-48 hours. “Ramanathapuram, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Vellore, Tiruvallur, Thiruvannamalai districts may receive very heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours,” he said. To a query, he said the rainfall recorded since October 1 was 39 per cent which was three per cent higher than the rain received during the setting of the monsoon. For Chennai and its surrounding areas, he said light to moderate rainfall may occur over the next two days.
“The city received 51 cm this season which is 9 per cent less compared to the normal 60 cm received during monsoon season,” he said. He advised fishermen not to venture into sea at Cape Comorin, Lakshadweep area as gusty winds were likely to occur due to the presence of depression in the Arabian Sea.
To another query, he said Nagapattinam district received the maximum rainfall registering 81 cm as against 67 cm normally during the monsoon season. Meanwhile, city Police Commissioner A K Viswanathan took stock of situation in the state capital and reviewed the measures taken following the heavy rainfall.
Talking to reporters, Viswanathan said all the departments have been alerted to take stock of situation in a coordinated manner. He said a whatsapp group of officers has been formed to ensure that immediate steps would be taken. “Five teams from the State Disaster Relief Force have been kept on standby and teams from the National Disaster Relief Force, if required, may also join in,” he said. Several low-lying areas in the city were inundated.
A 49-year-old man died at Ambattur on Saturday night after he accidentally fell into a stormwater drain. An official from the Fire and Rescue Services Muthu Krishnan said they received information about the man falling into the 6-7 foot deep stormwater drain. Firemen rushed to the scene, and pulled the body out, he said. DMK chief M K Stalin took to social media saying district administration should take measures on warfooting following the rains. “Several low-lying areas were inundated, and power supply was cut.
The district administration should take immediate steps,” he said in a Facebook post. In neighbouring Puducherry, incessant rains hit normal life from this morning. Territorial Chief Minister V Narayanasamy told newsmen at his residence the union territory saw nearly 12 cm of rainfall in the last 24 hours and the directorate of school education declared a holiday for schools and colleges on Monday.
The Chief Minister said he was recuperating after a knee replacement surgery, so he could not visit the rain-ravaged areas, but his ministerial colleagues had fanned out to different pockets for relief and rehabilitation works. Most of the thoroughfares were water-logged disrupting vehicular traffic. Daily wage earners were hard-hit because of the inclement weather. Reports from the southern districts said rains hit normal life by affecting rail and vehicular traffic and submerging crops.
In some places, residents have been moved to safe ground as houses were marooned, officials said. Vehicular traffic in Tiruchendur and Tuticorin was affected. Kovai Express and Pearl City Express were stopped at Melur as the tracks got submerged. State minister Vijayabaskar visited the flood-affected areasin Pudukottai district and was overseeing relief operation. The rain over the last two days in Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, Kanyakumari and Tuticorin resulted in most dams getting filled up, the officials said.
The North-East monsoon accounts for about 48% of the annual rainfall in the state.