Five killed in heavy rain in Tamil Nadu; red alert announced
Tamil Nadu

Five killed in heavy rain in Tamil Nadu; red alert announced

Agency News

Five people have been killed in the heavy rain that lashed across the Tamil Nadu from Saturday onwards.

Duraikkanu (70) a resident of Moonram Sethi village in Thanjavur district, Ravichandran (50) from Paravakkottai in Thiruvarur district, Poongodhai (50), a physically challenged person in Ariyalur district died on Saturday as portions of their houses collapsed.

Besides, 50-year-old Kandasamy died in Pudukkottai town when his two-wheeler crashed in heavy rain while Sheik Ali (46), a resident of Chennai Ambattur died after falling into a storm water drain Saturday night.

Due to heavy downpour, authorities have evacuated about 1000 people in Cuddalore district. Several places in Tamil Nadu have inundated. These include Shozhinganallur, Pallavaram, Tambaram, Nanmangalam and Selaiyur. The rain has partially submerged more than 100 houses in the outskirts of Chennai. Chennai City Corporation has opened helplines for people who need assistance to drain out the water. Farmers in the delta district said that the sudden rain has inundated more than 5000 acres of the Samba (a variety of rice) crops. According to the locals in Cuddalore, around 5000 houses in low lying areas of the coastal town have been marooned. Several places in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Thoothukkudi districts have also been waterlogged.

The regional meteorological centre in Chennai on Sunday predicted more showers in the next two days and issued a red alert for six districts in Tamil Nadu while torrential rain over the past two days claimed five lives. “Thiruvallur, Vellore, Thiruvannamalai, Thoothukkudi, Ramanathapuram and Tirunelveli districts in Tamil Nadu would receive extremely heavy rainfall (above 20cm) in the next 24 hours,” the IMD’s Chennai regional centre alerted.

According to Puviyarasan, Director, Regional Meteorological Center (RMC) Chennai, Tamil Nadu will get heavy rainfall for the next two days.

Following the IMD alert, the Puducherry government on Sunday ordered schools to remain shut on Monday.