A holiday was declared in schools on Tuesday due to heavy rains in the coastal and interior districts of Tamil Nadu. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall over coastal areas of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal on November 14.
The IMD said that due to the formation of a cyclonic circulation over south-west Bay of Bengal and south Andaman Sea, a low pressure area is likely to form over south-east Bay of Bengal in the next 24 hours. It is expected to move west-northwestward and concentrate as a depression over West Central Bay of Bengal around November 16.
Rainy conditions continued in Puducherry on Tuesday, affecting normal life. Few vehicles are visible on the roads due to rain. Puducherry Home Minister A. Namasivayam said all schools and colleges in Puducherry and Karaikal regions will remain closed on Tuesday due to stormy weather and intermittent rain.
Official sources said that Puducherry region received 12 cm of rain till 8.30 am on Tuesday. Fishermen have been asked not to venture out into the sea for two days from Tuesday due to bad weather, a spokesman for Puducherry’s Fisheries and Fishermen’s Welfare Department said in a statement. The spokesperson said that the IMD has also issued an advisory in this regard.
Balachandran said, ‘Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal region have received 23 cm of rainfall since October 1, which is 14 per cent below normal during the North-East Monsoon (NEM) period. However, it can be said that the area received near normal rainfall.
State Revenue Minister K. No. S. R. Ramachandran said official machinery is ready to deal with any emergency during the NEM period and district magistrates have been asked to be alert.
“About 121 multi-purpose shelters have been set up and 4,967 relief camps have been prepared,” Ramachandran told reporters after presiding over a meeting with officials here.
35 out of 38 districts of Tamil Nadu received 13.25 mm of rain till 8.20 am today, while Nagapattinam recorded the highest rainfall of 11.3 mm. Apart from this, Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur, Cuddalore and Myladuthurai also received heavy rainfall.