Heavy rain to continue in southern Tamil Nadu under influence of cyclonic circulation

Heavy rainfall in southern Tamil Nadu will continue on Monday and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued red alerts for four districts — Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Tenkasi. The weather department said a cyclonic circulation currently lies over the Comorin area and its neighbourhood, extending up to mid tropospheric levels.

The four districts received heavy rainfall on Sunday, leading to waterlogging in several areas. Further, all schools and colleges in the four districts will remain closed on Monday due to the rain. Since Saturday, light to moderate rainfall has been recorded in most places of southern Tamil Nadu.


In response to the heavy rainfall, the state government sent ministers to the four districts to carry out relief work and ensure that precautionary measures were being taken to deal with any flood warnings.

The government also appointed four senior IAS officers to speed up relief work in the four districts and coordinate with all departments, said a report by PTI news agency. Four other officials have also been deputed for related work.

Chief Secretary Shiv Das Meena also held a meeting on Sunday with the district collectors of these four southern districts over video conferencing. He asked them to take appropriate preventive steps to tackle the situation.

Three teams of state disaster management teams have been deployed in Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli.

People living in low-lying areas and those who live near reservoirs have been issued advisories. Private companies have also been asked to function only with essential staff.

Surplus water is being released from Pechiparai, Perunjani and Papanasam dams and alert messages (SMS) have been sent to over two lakh locals.

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Dec 18, 2023

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