Tamil Nadu on high alert as IMD warns of likely cyclonic storm in the next few days

The weather department has sounded an orange alert for 25 districts on 2 and 3 December in view of the cyclone.

ByVinodh Arulappan

Published Nov 30, 2023 | 2:43 PMUpdated Nov 30, 2023 | 2:43 PM

Tamil Nadu on high alert as IMD warns of likely cyclonic storm in the next few days

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert for 16 districts even as it noted a well-marked low-pressure area over the southeast Bay of Bengal and the adjoining South Andaman Sea, which is expected to concentrate into a cyclonic storm in the next few days.

An orange alert has also been issued for 25 districts on 2 and 3 December in view of the possible cyclone,

Incessant heavy rains continued to pound Chennai and other northern coastal regions of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, 29 November, night, causing waterlogging in several parts of the capital city, and leading to heavy traffic congestion.

In light of a possible cyclonic storm, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) deployed five well-equipped teams of 25 personnel each in Chennai, Chengalpattu, and Villupuram districts.

The IMD issued heavy to moderate rain and thunderstorm warnings for Chennai, Chengalpattu, Vellore, Pudukottai, and 12 other districts for the next two days and also predicted heavy rainfall for Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal on 2 and 3 December.

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Ministers told to extend support

Chief Minister MK Stalin instructed the ministers, MLAs, and local body representatives to provide all necessary support to the people in the rain-affected areas. Stalin visited the Chennai Greater Corporation headquarters Robbin Building and reviewed the arrangements at the Command Control Centre.

The chief minister along with Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Minister PK Sekhar Babu, Health Minister Ma Subramanian, and others inspected several parts of the city.

Due to the continuous overnight rainfall, waterlogging was reported from several places in Kolathur, the constituency of Chief Minister Stalin. In North Chennai, the Perambur Loco Railway Station tunnel was inundated with rainwater, and the public was denied access.

Vehicular movement was affected in several areas including Sholinganallur in the IT corridor, besides on many arterial roads.

Railway sources said “there was a delay in operation” in suburban services due to the waterlogging of railway tracks in the Ambattur-Avadi-Arakkaonam section.

Some delay was experienced in the arrival and departure of flights, airport sources said. All arrangements have been made to prevent the inundation of runways.

Related: 5 dead, 21 injured in freak lightning strikes across TN

Madras University postpones semester exams

The Madras University postponed the semester exams scheduled for Thursday. The revised dates would be announced later, the university said.

According to Dr J Radhakrishnan, commissioner of Greater Chennai Corporation, 15 IAS officers were assigned to monitor the relief measures, and 16,000 workers, 491 motors, additional 150 tractor-borner motroes were also deployed

The Kanchipuram District administration announced an increase in water discharge from the Chembarambakkam lake from 2,500 cusecs to 6,000 cusecs from 8 am on Thursday. With Tamil Nadu receiving continuous rainfall, the inflow of water is around 3,000 cusecs and is bound to increase.

The lake’s storage capacity has increased to 22.53 feet. It has a water capacity of 3.645 TMC and currently has a water reserve of 3.195 TMC. The inflow is 452 cubic feet and the outflow is 163 cubic feet.

Around 389 cusecs of water were released from the Puzhal lake in Thiruvallur district, as it reached its full capacity.

Following the heavy rains, the Tamil Nadu BJP President K Annamalai in a post on X stated that the ‘En Mann, En Makkal’ (My Land, My People) yatra has been postponed till 5 December.