At least five people died in Tamil Nadu because of heavy rain that has continued over the last three days, ANI reported on Tuesday. The state has received 16.84 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours.
The Regional Meteorological Department on Tuesday issued a red alert till November 11 for some parts of Tamil Nadu. A red alert signals extremely heavy rainfall.
More than 1,400 people have been moved to relief camps, according to PTI.
Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Dindigul, Theni, Tenkasi and Tirunelveli cities are likely to receive very heavy rainfall on Tuesday, the India Meteorological Department said. Chennai is also expected to receive heavy rain.
The government declared holidays on November 10 and 11 in the districts of Chennai, Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur, Chengalpattu, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, and Mayiladuthurai because of the weather forecast, ANI reported.
The state Revenue and Disaster Management Minister KKSSR Ramachandran said that Chengalpet district had received the highest rainfall, ANI reported. He added that he was worried about more losses and damage if the rainfall continued in the state.
Several parts of Chennai remained inundated as heavy rain continued on Monday, The Hindu reported.
For flood-related grievances, the Greater Chennai Corporation has released these helpline numbers: 044-25619206, 044-25619207, 044-25619208.
The Greater Chennai Corporation and the city’s fire services department pumped out water from the flooded areas.
Power supply in several neighbourhoods of Chennai was cut because of safety concerns, PTI reported. A section of subways in the city was closed.
Community kitchens have been set up in Chennai to provide food to families affected by the heavy rain.
The Tamil Nadu government said it will provide free food through Amma Canteens till the rain retreats, Chief Minister MK Stalin said, according to ANI.
Stalin surveyed flooded areas in Chennai on Monday and handed out relief materials to the residents.
Five houses and 26 huts in Chennai were fully damaged because of the heavy rain, PTI reported on Monday. As many as 237 huts sustained partial damage.
Forty-eight relief camps have been set up in the city. A total of 1,107 people have taken shelter there.
In Kancheepuram, Tiruvannamalai, Tiruvallur and Chengalpet districts, 314 people have been moved to 10 shelters.
In its bulletin on Tuesday morning, the weather department said that under the influence of a cyclonic circulation, a low pressure area is likely to form over “South East Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood” over the next 12 hours.
“It is likely to move west – northwestwards, concentrate into a depression and reach near north Tamil Nadu coast by the early morning of November 11, 2021,” the weather department said. “In association with this formation, there would be a continuation of the ongoing active rain spell over Tamil Nadu till November 11.”