Heavy rains: Red alert for five Tamil Nadu districts

Heavy rains: Red alert for five Tamil Nadu districts

Roads and rails submerged, closure of schools and colleges announced in southern part of the state

Waterlogged premises of Thiruchendur temple in Thoothukudi. Credit: PTI Photo

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert till Monday for five districts of Tamil Nadu — Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Puduokottai and Nagapattinam — after heavy rains on Thursday pounded the southern part of the state, causing severe waterlogging.

Roads and rails in the five districts were submerged, with the closure of schools and colleges announced as many residential areas and hamlets were also heavily inundated. 

On Thursday, Thoothukudi recorded 25 cm of rains till the evening, with heavy rains continuing to lash the district on Friday morning. Flights were redirected to the neighbouring Tiruchirapalli airport due to poor visibility. Train services were also hit as tracks were submerged.

Rivers and streams were reported to be overflowing, with lightning and thunder reported in Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Dindugal, Ramanathapuram, Pudukottai and Nagapattinam districts. According to IMD, heavy to very heavy rains will continue till Monday although the cyclonic circulation over the southwest Bay of Bengal is unlikely to concentrate into a low-pressure area. Flash floods were reported near the Courtallam waterfalls.

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Tirunelveli and Tenkasi districts also received heavy rains, with a majority of residential areas in these districts waterlogged and several residences near the river banks damaged.

The IMD issued a yellow alert for Chennai on Friday and Saturday, predicting heavy rains till Monday, with Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts also expected to receive heavy rainfall until Sunday. The department has also warned people living in low-lying areas to be cautious.

The district administrations of Chennai, Nagapattinam, Tiruchi, Tiruvarur, Vellore, Pudukottai, Virudhunagar, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Villupuram, Myladuthurai, Tiruvannamalai, Kancheepuram, Kallakuruchi and Tanjavur declared holidays for schools and colleges on Friday.

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