Tamil Nadu underwater! Unprecedented rainfall causes chaos and destruction

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Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu faced a nightmare scenario on Monday, with three people losing their lives due to the unprecedented rain. The districts of Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi are in a state of emergency, with schools and colleges shut down on Tuesday as the administrations brace for more chaos.

CM MK Stalin’s Urgent Response to Flood Crisis

In response to the escalating crisis, Chief Minister MK Stalin convened an emergency video conference from New Delhi. The meeting, involving district collectors from Kanniyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, and Tenkasi, focused on assessing the extensive flood damage and coordinating relief efforts.

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Record-Breaking Rainfall and Breached Tanks

From 8.30 am to 4 pm on Monday, Tirunelveli district recorded a staggering 2.4 cm average rainfall, with areas like Ambasamudram and Palayamkottai receiving 8.8 cm and 4.4 cm, respectively. Kayalpattinam in Thoothukudi district received a jaw-dropping 95 cm of rain. The heavy downpour led to breached tanks across several districts, causing widespread destruction.

Tamil Nadu Deluge: Schools Shut, Thousands Evacuated in Tirunelveli Amidst Torrential Rains

Tamil Nadu Deluge: Schools Shut, Thousands Evacuated in Tirunelveli Amidst Torrential Rains

Massive Evacuation and Relief Operations

Helicopters have been deployed to rescue those affected by the floods, with about 7,500 people across four districts moved to 84 relief camps. Additionally, 84 boats are being used for rescue operations in low-lying areas, with more boats on the way from fishermen villages.

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Infrastructure and Power Challenges

Major roads to Thoothukudi, Tenkasi, and Ambasamudram are flooded, disrupting bus services and everyday life. Power supply remains suspended in several areas, compounding the difficulties faced by residents.

Alarming Situation at Vaigai and Mullaperiyar Dams

The Vaigai dam’s water level has risen by three feet in a single day, leading to a first-stage flood alert. Meanwhile, the storage level in Mullaperiyar dam reached 136 ft, prompting another warning.

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Government’s Intensive Relief Measures

CM MK Stalin has deployed ministers and district officials to oversee the relief operations. The state has also launched a dedicated WhatsApp helpline for residents in distress.

Thoothukudi’s Power Plant Crisis

Thoothukudi’s coal-based thermal plant, crucial for the region’s power supply, has been inundated, halting power generation. The plant, grappling with ageing machinery, has ceased generation in one unit due to technical errors. A comprehensive report is being prepared to seek government funds for recovery.

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