Between 8:30 am and 4 pm on Monday, Tirunelveli district received an average of 2.4 cm of rain. Ambasamudram and Palayamkota in the district received 8.8 cm and 4.4 cm of rain respectively. Kanyakumari district received an average of 11 cm of rain till 6 pm. Only Myladi in the district received 30 cm of rain. Only Kayalpatnam in Thoothukudi district received 95 cm of rain. The Meteorological Department informs that the intensity of rain is likely to decrease today.
Many houses were destroyed in Tirunelveli, Tenkasi and Thoothukudi districts. Those trapped in the flood are being rescued by helicopters. About 84 boats, including those of fishermen, are carrying out rescue operations in low-lying areas. 84 relief camps were opened in four districts. About 7,500 people were displaced.
Most of the roads to Thoothukudi, Tenkasi and Ambasamudram are under water. Bus traffic to these places has been stopped. Electricity supply also stopped in various parts of Tuticorin and Tirunelveli. Meanwhile, the disrupted train traffic may be restored by evening.
The water level in Vaiga Dam rose by three feet in a single day as heavy rains continued in the hilly Bodimet region. Following this, the first phase warning was issued on Monday. The dam will be opened at 10 am today as the water level has risen in Mullaperiyar as well.
The damage due to the flood was assessed in a meeting presided over by Chief Minister MK Stalin. Ministers and District Collectors of four districts participated in the online meeting. Ministers including Udayanidhi Stalin are camping in the districts and coordinating the disaster relief operations. WhatsApp helpline number 81485-39914 has been issued.