IMD Warns of the Flash Floods in Tamil Nadu; Heavy Showers Lash Tirupati

In view of the heavy rainfall in several districts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, and the reservoirs in the region getting heavy inflows, the Central Water Commission (CWC) on Thursday issued an advisory for the dam operators to keep strict vigil and release water carefully.

The heavy rainfall is a result of the depression over Bay of Bengal, which moved north-westwards and crossed north Tamil Nadu and the adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts between Puducherry and Chennai during Friday night, the IMD said.

The India Meteorological Department issued flash flood warnings for Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry.
“The depression is not deep. But the rainfall is expected to be high mainly because the north-east monsoon is active and hence the moist north-easterly winds converging along Tamil Nadu coast would bring in copious amounts of rainfall,” said IMD’s senior scientist Sunitha Devi on Thursday. IMD has issued a forecast of high rainfall of more than 250 mm in the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Several areas in Tirupati were inundated on Thursday after heavy rains lashed Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district, causing massive flooding.

Water levels in and around Tirupati, Tirumala, and the rest of the district have risen to the point where they threaten to enter houses, including Madhura Nagar, Gollavani Gunta, Lakshmipuram, the Air Bypass road, Chandragiri town, and the Kapila Theertham temple at the foot of the Tirumala hills, the News Minute reported. Flooding has also caused traffic disruptions.

The IMD has also predicted widespread rainfall in Karnataka over the next four days. For today, the met department has issued an orange alert for Bengaluru and the Ghats, and a yellow alert in some coastal districts and the north interior of Karnataka.


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