Chennai, December 2: When the nation is having a sigh of relief after reeling under extreme rain situations, another stroke of heavy rains has hit Tamil Nadu to cause flood like situations.
Schools and colleges are shut in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry as the IMD issued a flood alert after heavy rainfall in the state. Rains lashed many parts of Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry on Sunday with the North-East monsoon triggering a heavy spell in the last 24 hours.
As many as 25 people are said to be died in various rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu since November 29, the state government said on Monday. This includes 17 who died after a wall collapsed on three houses at Nadur village in Mettupalayam near Coimbatore. As the North-East monsoon intensifies in the state, nearly 1,000 people have been accommodated in relief camps in Tuticorin, Cuddalore and Tirunelveli districts which bore the brunt of rain fury.
The Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services said it was fully prepared to deal with any flood-related issues and announced landline phone numbers for the public. The department said it has adequate manpower, equipment like inflatable rubber boats, long rescue ropes, other tools and vehicles to render assistance and help rescue and evacuate who are affected by floods.
The examinations of Madras University and Anna University have been postponed due to the rains.
A flood alert has been sounded to villagers on the banks of the Sankarabarani River in Puducherry. The order was issued by the revenue and disaster management on Sunday as water was to be released from Veedur dam. Director of area cyclone-warning Centre, Regional Meteorological Centre, N Puviarasan advised fishermen not to venture into sea at Cape Comorin, Lakshadweep area as gusty winds were likely to occur due to the presence of depression in the Arabian Sea.
In Puducherry, most of the thoroughfares were water-logged disrupting vehicular traffic. Daily wage earners were hard-hit because of the inclement weather. Reports from the southern districts said rains hit normal life by affecting rail and vehicular traffic and submerging crops.