The India Meteorological Department has predicted moderate rain with some isolated incidents of heavy downpour for the next three days in Puducherry and Tamil Nadu.
Normal life was hit in Puducherry and its outskirts after heavy rains pounded the region on Thursday morning. A holiday was declared for several schools and colleges in the union territory in the wake of the intermittent rains which began on Wednesday night, PTI quoted officials as saying. Rainfall of 96.4 mm had been registered in Puducherry during the last 24 hours till 8:30 am on Thursday.
On the other hand, with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasting predicted excessive rainfall in the state, the Tamil Nadu government on Thursday issued a red alert for all districts for October 7. While speaking to reporters, K Satyagopal, commissioner (revenue administration), said, “We have passed circulars to the district administration to take necessary precautionary measures to avert mishaps. We urge people not to go to vulnerable places.”
Satyagopal also added that advisories had also been given to fishermen not to venture into the sea for fishing as it would be “rough and furious.” State revenue minister RB Udhayakumar said that the government had taken all necessary steps to face the heavy showers. The district administrations have also been asked to ensure that relief camps were ready, should the need arise.
Meanwhile, the district collector in Puducherry chaired an emergency meeting of the Revenue and Disaster Management Department to review the rain situation, PTI reported. The weather department has predicted moderate rain with some isolated incidents of heavy downpour for the next three days in Puducherry and Tamil Nadu. Chennai weather also underwent a change with the city receiving moderate rains on Thursday.
“A low pressure area is very likely to form over Southeast Arabian sea by tomorrow. It is very likely to concentrate into a depression during the subsequent 36 hours and move northwestwards,” Deputy Director General of Meteorology, Chennai, S Balachandran said. Fishermen have been alerted to not enter the sea between October 6 and 8 8 over the South Kerala coast, Lakshadweep area, Comorin area, Southeast Arabian sea and Central Arabian sea, PTI reported.