Tamil Nadu is currently grappling with heavy rainfall, prompting the government to declare holidays in schools and other educational institutions across four districts. The ongoing cold and heavy rainfall affecting various parts of the country have also taken a toll on Tamil Nadu. In response to the heavy rainfall, the Tamil Nadu government has declared a holiday on Monday in all schools, colleges, private institutions, banks, and financial institutions in the Thirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Kanyakumari, and Tenkasi districts. According to ANI, heavy rainfall continues in Thoothukudi district, with 40 lakes in the Kovilpatti area reaching their full capacity. Due to heavy rainfall, severe flooding has occurred in Thoothukudi.

IMD Predicts Heavy Rainfall The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasts heavy rainfall at one or two locations in Kanyakumari, Thirunelveli, and Thoothukudi. According to IMD’s predictions, there is a possibility of heavy rainfall in one or two locations in the districts of Kanyakumari, Thirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Ramanathapuram, Pudukottai, and Tanjavur in Tamil Nadu on December 18. As per the IMD forecast, on December 19, there is a possibility of storms and lightning at one or two locations in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal. Continuous rainfall has been reported in and around Kovilpatti in the Thoothukudi district. Due to the rainfall, rivers and lakes in the Kovilpatti region have reached their full capacity, and water is overflowing from the lakes. In addition to this, sandbags and JCB machines have been used to prevent water from entering Kuslipatti and Inam Maniyachi areas.

“40 Lakes Filled Due to Rain” Speaking on the situation, Thoothukudi District Development Officer Rajesh said, “40 lakes in the Kovilpatti panchayat have been filled. Two lakes have been damaged, and we have repaired them. We are continuously monitoring other lakes as well. If there is any crack in the lake, we are ready to fix it immediately.”

SDRF and NDRF Deployed Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government has taken precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the people. In light of heavy rainfall and flooding, State Disaster Management Minister K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran said, “The Tamil Nadu government has taken several precautionary measures. As a precautionary measure, 250 SDRF and NDRF personnel have been deployed in Kanyakumari, Thirunelveli, Thoothukudi, and Tenkasi districts. In Tirunelveli district, 19 camps have been set up, 4 camps in Kanyakumari district, 2 camps in Thoothukudi district, and 1 camp in Tenkasi district to accommodate people during emergencies. The Chief Minister has directed us to stay on the ground and take necessary measures to ensure people’s safety.”

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