Tamil Nadu Goes into Red Alert as Rains Continue to Lash Down on the Coast

By: Rishabh Negi
10 Nov 2021 11:44:44 AM Shoolini University, Solan, Himachal Pradesh

As many as five people have been killed in rain-related incidents, and over 1,400 moved to relief camps as the downpour continued to batter parts of Tamil Nadu, The Hindu reported on Monday. 


The Indian Meteorological Department, in a statement, has predicted heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in parts of the state on Wednesday and Thursday, citing the formation of a low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal - extending up to 4.5 km above the mean sea level. 


A red alert was issued for Chennai and its adjoining districts Tiruvallur, Chengalpattu and Kanchipuram, and Villupuram and Tiruvannamalai on Monday evening. 


“The cyclone is very likely to concentrate into a depression over India’s southeastern waters during the next 36 hours. It is likely to move west-northwestwards and reach near north Tamilnadu coast by the early morning of 11th November, 2021,” the IMD statement read. 


The forecast for more rainfall remains a key concern for the people of Chennai as several parts of the city have remained inundated following heavy rain in the state since Sunday. Chief Minister MK Stalin and some state ministers inspected the relief works and the extent of damage due to the floods at several constituencies in the city. 


Efforts to drain the stagnated floodwater are currently underway across several pockets in the city, while educational institutions remain closed in several districts due to the rains.


Earlier in the day, State Revenue and Disaster Management head KKSSR Ramachandran told ANI that five people had lost their lives due to the rains in Tamil Nadu, while 538 huts and four houses were damaged. He also warned of further damage if the rain intensified.  


Meanwhile, other districts, including Nagapattinam, Karaikal, Pudukkottai, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur and Ramanathapuram, along TN’s southern coast, were on red alert on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Cuddalore, Puducherry, Villupuram and Sivagangai and the six previously mentioned districts were issued a red alert.

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