A red heavy rainfall alert was issued for five districts in Tamil Nadu by the meteorological department and schools and colleges were closed in 22 districts after several areas were flooded, officials said today.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted “heavy to extremely very heavy precipitation” in Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Ramanathapuram, Pudukottai and Nagapattinam districts of the state.
The relentless rains in the state have caused widespread damage to crops, buildings and roads and have led to waterlogging and flooding in several areas so far.
Following successive rainy episodes since last month, a holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in 22 districts, including Thoothukudi, Kanniyakumari, Tirunelveli, Cuddalore, Tiruvarur, Tenkasi and Villupuram.
A public holiday has also been declared for the educational establishments of Pondicherry and Karaikal.
The town of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu received 10 inches of rain until 5.30 a.m., while Karaikal in Pondicherry received 11.9 cm of rain.
Water entered several houses in Thoothukudi, causing a flood-like situation.
Authorities brace for waterlogging, severe crop damage, uprooting of trees, damage to livestock and rising water levels in rivers and lakes following heavy rain warning .
Crops spread over more than 50,000 hectares have been battered by heavy rains in Tamil Nadu so far, which have received 68% more than average rains during the monsoon.
More than 2,300 homes have been damaged due to heavy rains that have hit the state since October. Two-thirds of the state was inundated as the rain peaked with two successive episodes in the second week of November.
A central team is visiting to assess the damage as the state has requested relief of 2,600 crore.
Water from neighboring states also exacerbated the crisis in Tamil Nadu, as heavy rains also disrupted life in parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.