Chennai: Rain continues to lash most parts of Tamil Nadu. With no respite and prediction of heavy shower for next several hours, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued red alert in many districts.
The weather department said for today (November 9), red alert issued for Pudukkottai, Ramanathapuram, Karaikal. For Wednesday (November 10), red alert has been issued for Cuddalore, Viluppuram, Sivaganga, Ramanathapuram, Karaikal.
Red alert has been sounded for Thiruvallur, Chennai, Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu, Viluppuram, Tiruvannamalai on November 11, Dr S Balachandran, DDGM-IMD said.
He added that heavy to very heavy on Wednesday; extremely heavy showers day after (Thursday) are expected in Chennai.
“It is very likely to concentrate into a Depression over Southwest and adjoining Southeast Bay of Bengal during next 36 hours. It is likely to move west– northwestwards and reach near north Tamil Nadu coast by the early morning of November 11,” IMD tweeted.
The weather office also said that fishermen have been advised not to venture into Southwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal and along and off south Andhra Pradesh-Tamil Nadu coasts and Gulf of Mannar for the next four days and over Southeast Arabian sea along and off Kerala coast during next 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Puducherry education minister A Namassivayam said all schools and colleges in the Union Territory and Karaikal will remain closed on November 10 and 11 due to rains.
Also, providing relief to the poor and needy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has announced that till the end of rainy season, free food will be distributed in Amma canteens.
At least five people died in Tamil Nadu due to heavy rainfall in the state. Chennai has recorded 3.2 centimeter of rainfall in the last 24 hours, till 8 am on Tuesday.
As many as 20 more NDRF teams will be deployed in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh after the weather department has predicted more heavy rain showers in the states.