With Tamil Nadu lashed by incessant downpour for the better part of the last 48 hours, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted decrease in rainfall activity over the state from November 30.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin met Governor RN Ravi on Saturday and briefed him about the rain situation and ongoing relief and restoration work in the affected areas. So far, eight people have lost their lives in rain related incidents in the state.
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For the next three hours, thunderstorm with moderate rain is likely to occur over Chennai, Chengalpettu, Kanchipuram, Tiruvallur, Villupuram, Salem, Dharmapuri, Namakkal, Krishnagiri, Cuddalore, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Mayiladudhurai, Vellore, Ranipet and Tirupattur districts. Pudhucherry and Karaikal, too, will receive showers during the next three hours.
The weatherman has forecast thunderstorm with heavy to very heavy rain likely to occur at a few places over Chennai, Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Tiruvannamalai, Vellore, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Kanyakumari and Ramanathapuram districts of Tamil Nadu on Saturday.
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DAILY LIFE DISRUPTED
A red alert has been issued in the coastal districts of the southern state and fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea in anticipation of squally weather and wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph.
Educational institutes remained closed in 23 districts as many areas reported severe waterlogging and flooding. Residents in several parts of Chennai city had to go without power for hours at a stretch on Saturday due to inundation.
KSSR Ramachandran, Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management, said the state government is working at a war footing and taking all precautionary measures amid predictions of rain till November 30.
Villagers wade through heavy-flowing river as rain washes away bridge in Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri | Video
“North East monsoon started end of October and we are getting continuous rains across the state, as well as across Chennai and the neighbouring districts and coastal areas. There is waterlogging at more than 200 places, we have drained out water from more than 27 places. Wherever water is stagnated, we are removing it. Rains are natural and we can’t do anything about it,” said KSSR Ramachandran.
“CM has deployed zonal monitoring officers who are IAS officers across the city and they are going to the ground and checking the situation,” the minister added.
NOV 27 FORECAST
The IMD has warned of heavy to very heavy with extremely heavy rain at isolated places over Tiruvallur and Ranipet districts; while heavy rain is likely to occur at a few places over Tiruchirapalli, Pudukottai, Perambalur, Ariyalur, Kallakurichi, Salem, Namakkal, Tiruppur, Erode, Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Thenkasi, Cuddalore and delta districts, as well as in Puducherry and Karaikal area.
NOV 28 FORECAST
On Sunday, thunderstorm with heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at a few places over north coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal area, the weather forecast agency said. Thunderstorm with heavy rain is likely to occur at a few places over Ariyalur, Perambalur, Kallakurichi, Salem, Dharmapuri, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Erode and Nilgiris districts of the state.
Speaking to India Today, Kumar Jayant, principal secretary of department of revenue and disaster management, said, “IMD has said that rains are to continue for the next few days. We are to touch 1000 mm of rains. This has happened only four times since 1980. If there is rainfall again tonight then we will cross the 2015 rains value.”
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