Rain kills 7 in Tamil Nadu

Rain kills 7 in Tamil Nadu

Met predicts more showers in 48 hrs in southern districts

Rain kills 7 in Tamil Nadu

A depression in the Bay of Bengal is likely to bring more rain in the next 48 hours to the southern districts of Tamil Nadu, the Met department has predicted.

Already, seven persons have been killed in rain and flash floods across the state. “Depression has formed over east central Bay of Bengal and lay centred there at 8:00 am in the morning. It may intensify further during the next 24 hours. It would move towards the north direction. Under its influence, heavy rain is expected in southern districts of Tamil Nadu in the next 48 hours,” a Met official told Deccan Herald.

Tamil Nadu and Puducherry fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea due to strong onshore winds from easterly direction with speeds reaching 60 km per hour along the coast.

Five farmers, including two women, were killed on the spot when an old banyan tree fell on a community hall, near the banks of the Mullaperiyar river at Narayanathevpatti on Tuesday night due to heavy rain coupled with strong wind. Reports said that lightning uprooted the tree which fell on the roof of the hall where people had taken shelter.

Two persons, including a woman, died when lightning struck them at Vellore district on Wednesday morning. 

The latest weather bulletin said Uthangarai in Krishnagiri district recorded a maximum of 13cm during the last 24 hours followed by Odanchatra in Dindigul district, which registered 10 cm.

Mettur’s Stanley reservoir registered water level of 35 cm on Wednesday, far higher than the 20 cm it had received during the previous year. 

An official from PWD-Water Resources Organisation said that most of the reservoirs located close to or in the Western Ghats, including Mullaperiyar, Vaigai, Sholayar and Aliyar, are receiving a good inflow. There is a steady rise in water storage in Manimuthar dam, built across Tamirabarani river in Tirunelveli.

Buoyed by the rain and the forecast for the next 48 hours, Tamil Nadu farmers have started preparing the ground for the first farming activities in the state.