December 3, 2019
Heavy rain has affected parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Normal life in many districts is affected. A red alert warning of f heavy to very rainfall, has been sounded in several parts. Many areas are waterlogged. Schools and colleges are shut in Chennai and Tuticorin, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram.
Widespread rain is expected across coastal Tamil Nadu due to a cyclonic circulation on the Indian Ocean, according to the weather office. At least three people have died in different parts of Tamil Nadu in the last few days.
“Thiruvallur, Vellore, Thiruvannamalai, Thoothukkudi, Ramanathapuram and Tirunelveli districts in Tamil Nadu would receive extremely heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours. – India Meteorological Department, Chennai
The state government says it is well-prepared and has asked people not to panic. In Chennai, the government has set up 176 relief centres. Boats have been kept ready to evacuate people if required. 630 water pumps to remove water-logging are ready.
The Chennai Corporation has set up a helpline for water-logging and tree fall complaints. Residents can dial 044-25384520 and 044-25384530 or WhatsApp 9445477205 for any rain-related complaints.
A government press release said, “People can contact the Fire and Rescue services at 101 at all the district headquarters”. There are 331 fire and rescue stations located in Tamil Nadu. In each district, 22 rescue commandoes are positioned with proper equipment, the release said.
Puducherry Governor Dr Kiran Bedi visited several areas affected by heavy rain to assess the situation.
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