Weather update: IMD issues orange alert for Tamil Nadu; school, colleges in THESE 4 districts to remain shut

  • 40 lakes in Kovilpatti area of Thoothukudi district reach full capacity, causing waterlogging and overflow.

Livemint
Updated18 Dec 2023
Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services personnel rescue children from a flooded area after heavy rain, in Kanyakumari district on Sunday (PTI)
Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services personnel rescue children from a flooded area after heavy rain, in Kanyakumari district on Sunday (PTI)

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert for several Tamil Nadu districts today i.e. on 18 December. As per IMD Chennai, heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at one or two places over Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Tenkasi districts of Tamil Nadu while heavy rains have been predicted one or two places over Ramanathapuram, Sivagangai, Virudhunagar, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai and Theni.

Chennai Weather Live Updates

Amid heavy rains, the Tamil Nadu government has declared a holiday for all schools, colleges, private institutions, banks and financial institutions in Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Kanyakumari and Tenkasi districts today. Heavy rain also lashed parts of Virudhunagar district. The District Collector of Virudhunagar has announced a holiday for schools on December 18.

While speaking to news agency ANI, State Disaster Management Minister KKSSR Ramachandran said, "Various precautionary measures have been taken by the Tamil Nadu government. As a precautionary measure, 250 State Disaster Response Forces and National Disaster Response Forces have been deployed at Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thootukudi and Tenkasi districts. 19 camps in Tirunelveli district, 4 camps in Kanyakumari district, 2 camps in Thoothukudi district and 1 camp in Tenkasi district have been set up to accommodate the people during calamities. CM has directed us to be on the spot and take necessary measures to ensure people's safety"

Meanwhile, flood-affected people in the Tirunelveli district moved to a shelter camp. A visual from the shelter home showed people lining up for ration.

Rainfall continued at night in the Thoothukudi district, and 40 lakes in the Kovilpatti area have reached their full capacity. Thoothukudi witnessed severe waterlogging due to heavy rainfall.

Also Read: Tamil Nadu: Heavy rains create flood-like situations in Tirunelveli| WATCH

Due to this heavy rain, the rivers and lakes around Kovilpatti have reached their full capacity and the water is overflowing from the lakes.

Also, after the rainwater started flowing out of the river in the Koosalipatti and Inam Maniyachi areas, sandbags and JCB machines were used to stop the water.

"40 lakes in Kovilpatti Panchayat are full. Two lakes were damaged and we repaired them. We are continuously monitoring other lakes too. If there is a breach in the lake, we are ready to fix it immediately," said Rajesh, District Development Officer, Thoothukkudi district.

Palayamkottai in Tirunelveli received 260 mm of rainfall till 5:30 pm on Sunday. In Thoothkudi district, taluka Srivaikuntam received 525 mm of rainfall on Sunday and a extremely heavy rainfall in the area is predicted. Moreover, Tiruchender, Sathankulam, Kayathar, Ottapidram are also expected to get extremely heavy rainfall.

Speaking of rainfall predictions for tomorrow, heavy rain is likely to occur at one or two places over the Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, and Ramanathapuram districts of Tamil Nadu. On December 19, thunderstorms and lightning are likely to occur at one or two places in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal, according to IMD predictions.

(With agency inputs)

Catch all the Business News, Market News, Breaking News Events and Latest News Updates on Live Mint. Download The Mint News App to get Daily Market Updates.MoreLess
HomeNewsIndiaWeather update: IMD issues orange alert for Tamil Nadu; school, colleges in THESE 4 districts to remain shut

Most Active Stocks

Bharat Electronics

309.55
10:29 AM | 14 JUN 2024
8.6 (2.86%)

Indian Oil Corporation

170.30
10:25 AM | 14 JUN 2024
1.2 (0.71%)

HDFC Bank

1,597.45
10:28 AM | 14 JUN 2024
16.55 (1.05%)

State Bank Of India

840.20
10:29 AM | 14 JUN 2024
-3.7 (-0.44%)
More Active Stocks

Market Snapshot

  • Top Gainers
  • Top Losers
  • 52 Week High

JK Paper

490.70
10:25 AM | 14 JUN 2024
44.35 (9.94%)

KRBL

310.05
10:22 AM | 14 JUN 2024
23.05 (8.03%)

Poly Medicure

2,003.00
09:59 AM | 14 JUN 2024
142.9 (7.68%)

KEC International

935.20
10:25 AM | 14 JUN 2024
66.25 (7.62%)
More from Top Gainers

Recommended For You

    More Recommendations

    Gold Prices

    • 24K
    • 22K
    Bangalore
    73,806.00577.00
    Chennai
    73,806.00148.00
    Delhi
    73,735.00291.00
    Kolkata
    73,088.00-141.00

    Fuel Price

    • Petrol
    • Diesel
    Bangalore
    99.84/L0.00
    Chennai
    100.75/L0.00
    Kolkata
    103.94/L0.00
    New Delhi
    94.72/L0.00
    OPEN IN APP
    HomeMarketsPremiumInstant LoanGet App