Very heavy rain likely over Coastal Tamil Nadu: IMD

The India Meteorological Department (IMD), Chennai announced that there is a possibility of heavy rain and even very heavy rain. It has also predicted 11.4 cm to 20.4 cm of rain at one or two places in the coastal districts. The IMD has noted the presence of a cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal and said that the weather system is likely to move towards Tamil Nadu coast. This will continue for the next three days resulting in heavy rains on October 29 and October 30. It has predicted heavy rains in Ramanathapuram, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, Thoothukudi, Mayiladuthurai and Nagapattinam districts and also in Karaikal on Thursday.

On Friday and Saturday, it predicted heavy rains over Coastal and South Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Eight districts of Tamil Nadu, including Madurai, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari and Ramanathapuram, are likely to receive heavy to very heavy rains on Sunday as well. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin directed senior officials and deputy commissioners to prevent floods and damage caused by the northeast monsoon. Directed to take appropriate precautionary steps to reduce Addressing the bureaucrats, the Chief Minister urged all the departments to work unitedly to prevent floods and save human lives.

Reviewing the state's preparedness to deal with the monsoon, Stalin asked officials to keep in mind the safety of reservoirs and release excess water and protect dams. "The safety and well being of the people is also important. Provide timely relief to the affected. Take precautionary measures to prevent floods," he said.

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