New Delhi: Amid heavy rains, schools and colleges in seven districts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, will remain shut on Monday. The India Meteorological Department has forecasted “very heavy” rainfall in Tirunelveli and Kanniyakumari districts tomorrow and “heavy” rainfall in Ramanathapuram and Thoothukudi.
Many districts in the state saw some relief from rains on Sunday amid a “very heavy” rain forecast. Chennai received only up to 6.5 mm of rain till 5:30 pm, Kanniyakumari 4 mm, Nagapattinam 17 mm, Thoothukudi 0.5 mm, Thiruchendur 11 mm, and Kodaikanal 15 mm.
Several areas in Chennai including Pammal, T Nagar, Ashok Nagar witnessed heavy rains till 1 p.m. while other areas had moderate rains.
However, Cuddalore received 7 cm and Puducherry 6.6 cm of rain.
Two days ago, a red alert for heavy rainfall was issued for five districts of the state by the weather department, following which schools and colleges were closed in 22 districts after several areas were flooded.
Constant rains have affected the state and caused widespread damage to crops, buildings, and roads. It has also led to waterlogging and flooding in several areas till now.
Water levels in ponds and lakes in the city have also seen a rise to the optimum level and people are expecting that this would lead to increased recharging of groundwater levels.
A complete ban on crossing the Palar river, check dams, and low-level bridges have been imposed in Vellore, Ranipet, and Tirupattur districts of the state.