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Tamil Nadu

TN fishermen should return to coast before Oct 6

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning that the fishermen in deep sea areas of southeast and central Arabian Sea should return to coast before October 6.

Fishermen are advised not to venture into the southeast and central Arabian Sea from October 6 onwards. As conditions are expected to be 'rough to very rough', fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea till October 8. The IMD has warned that Tamil Nadu may see more than 25 cm rain on Sunday, October 8. IMD also issued a red alert for Tamil Nadu on October 7, as very heavy rain is expected to lash the southern state.

The last time Tamil Nadu was issued a red alert was when the northern districts, including
Chennai, were flooded in 2015. The IMD warning said heavy to very heavy rain was likely at isolated places over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala and heavy rain at isolated places over
coastal Karnataka, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep. The Tamil Nadu revenue department has directed all the district collectors, especially the coastal districts, to be prepared to face the heavy rain and set up relief camps.The State Chief Secretary, Ms Girija Vaidyanathan, held a meeting with officials of the revenue department to discuss preparatory measures.On Thursday, holiday was declared for schools in Tiruvarur, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Pudukkottai,Salem and Puducherry, following heavy rainl on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, a red alert was issued for Idukki, Thrissur and Palakkad districts in Kerala, while a lower level alert was issued in most other districts. The red alert is issued for 'extremely heavy rain' with intensity of more than 21 cm. While 'heavy rain' is indicated in yellow with a range of 7 to 11 cm rainfall, amber coloured warnings are issued for 'very heavy rain' rainfall in the range of 12-20 cm.