Rains lash southern coastal Tamil Nadu districts; admin on alert

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Tuticorin (TN), Dec 29: Normal life in the coastal areas of Ramanathapuram and Tuticorin districts was affected today with rains lashing several places while the MeT office forecast more showers in the coming days.

As the northeast monsoon remained active in parts of southern Tamil Nadu, especially coastal districts, several areas received heavy rains since early this morning inundating low-lying areas, officials said.

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Rameswaram received 7 cm of rainfall in the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 am today, the MeT office said. It also said heavy rains were likely to occur in the southern coastal districts, especially Tuticorin and Ramanathapuram, in the next few days.

Based on the alert, the state government instructed the administration of the districts, especially Tuticorin, which recently witnessed flash floods, to take preventive measures.

Tuticorin District Collector M Ravikumar today held a review meeting to discuss flood preparedness in the backdrop of November 22 and 23 rains which caused a havoc in Tuticorin city, inundating several areas, and crippling people's movement.

However, rains, which were heavy this morning, turned into drizzles by the evening. Special Health Secretary Senthil Kumar and IGP (Enforcement) Abhay Kumar Singh were supervising flood-preparedness activities in the district. A National Disaster Relief Force team was also camping in the district.

Relief camps have been set up at 83 places to accommodate flood victims, officials said. The Public Works Department was keeping a close watch on water bodies and revenue officials have been instructed to shift people in low-lying areas in case of heavy rain.

A report from Rameswaram said power supply was affected in several places and the main roads were inundated in the pilgrim town as the rains accompanied by strong winds battered them for the second day today.

The sea was rough, forcing the fishermen not to venture into it for the third day today, officials said. A report from R S Mangalam said several row houses were partially damaged in the rains.

PTI

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