A red alert for heavy rainfall has been issued for five districts of Tamil Nadu by the weather department and schools and colleges have been closed in 22 districts after several areas were flooded, officials said today.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted ‘heavy to extremely very heavy rainfall’ in Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Ramanathapuram, Pudukottai and Nagapattinam districts of the state.
Incessant rains in the state have caused widespread damage to crops, buildings and roads and led to waterlogging and flooding in several areas till now.
Following successive spells of rainfall, a holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in 22 districts including Thoothukudi, Kanniyakumari, Tirunelveli, Cuddalore, Tiruvarur, Tenkasi and Villupuram.
A holiday has also been declared for educational institutions in Puducherry and Karaikal.
Thoothukudi city in Tamil Nadu received 25.9cm of rain till 5:30am this morning while Karaikal in Puducherry received 11.9cm of rain.
Water entered several houses in Thoothukudi, causing a flood-like situation.
Officials are bracing for waterlogging, severe crop damages, uprooting of trees, damage to cattle and increase in water levels in the rivers and lakes following the heavy rainfall warning.