Tamil Nadu rains December 18 updates | Extremely heavy rains lash South T.N.; Governor Ravi calls emergency meeting

The Indian Navy and Coast Guard joined the rescue operations using helicopters; Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin to meet with PM Modi on Tuesday

Updated - December 19, 2023 03:27 pm IST

Published - December 18, 2023 09:11 am IST

People in Thoothukudi make their way through flood water following heavy rain on Monday.

People in Thoothukudi make their way through flood water following heavy rain on Monday. | Photo Credit: N. Rajesh

Overnight historic rains and flooding paralysed life in the southern districts of Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi and Kanniyakumari on December 18. A massive rescue and relief operation is on with the help of defence forces to evacuate people from marooned homes in the districts, which have been cut off from the rest of Tamil Nadu. 

As of late night on Monday, the State government did not release figures of human casualties. Extensive damage to crops on thousands of acres, and properties was reported in the four districts. Hundreds of vehicles were washed away by strong currents. The Thamirabaran river was in spate.

Also read | Tamil Nadu rains: December 19 LIVE updates

While the Indian Navy and Coast Guard joined the rescue operations using helicopters, the Tamil Nadu Government additionally requisitioned the help of the Army and the Air Force as well. 

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin reached New Delhi on Monday night for a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. Governor R.N. Ravi has convened an emergency meeting of officers of Defence and Central government departments in Raj Bhavan on Tuesday. Officials said 7,434 persons, including 1,039 children, have been accommodated in relief camps as of Monday morning. Electricity supply was cut off in many places and mobile networks were down.

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Tamil Nadu helpline numbers

People can contact the control room of District Disaster Management at 1077 or State Disaster Management control room at 1070 for all emergency requirements. 

Fire and Rescue services personnel can be reached at 101 and 112. For electricity related complaints, call State Minnagam helpline on 94987-94987. For queries on rain-related diseases, people can dial 104 and for emergency medical services call 108.

Tamil Nadu government has announced the following helplines:

State Emergency Operations Centre, Chennai

Toll free number - 1070; WhatsApp number - 94458 69848

District Emergency Operations Centres

Tirunelveli - 1077, 0462 - 2501012; Hello Nellai - 97865 6611 

Thoothukudi - 1077, 0461 - 2340101

Those who want to report the damages in their areas or in need of rescue, medical assistance or other relief materials can contact the number 8148539914 through WhatsApp. They can also reach the authorities through the Twitter handles @tn_rescuerelief, @tnsdma or the Facebook id @tnsdma.

  • December 18, 2023 23:02
    Disaster management efforts under way in Thoothukudi and Tirunelveli
  • December 18, 2023 22:27
    Warning issued as water level reaches 83.24 feet in Amaravathi Dam

    Tiruppur district administration has issued a cautionary notice to villages along the banks of Amaravathi River as the water level in Amaravathi Dam surged to 83.24 feet, as against the full reservoir level of 90 feet, on Monday. The increase is attributed to heavy rainfall (75 mm) in the dam’s catchment area as of 7 a.m.

    The storage in the dam is 3412.14 million cubic feet (mcft) against the total capacity of 4047.41 mcft.

    Read more here...

  • December 18, 2023 20:22
    Governor R.N. Ravi convenes emergency meeting to discuss relief/rescue operations in the flood-affected southern districts
  • December 18, 2023 19:54
    Coimbatore District administration sends relief material to aid flood relief efforts in Tirunelveli
  • December 18, 2023 19:27
    IAF deploys helicopters for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts
  • December 18, 2023 18:58
    Surplus water released from the Pechiparai Reservoir in Kanniyakumari
  • December 18, 2023 18:22
    39 places in southern TN recorded extremely heavy rainfall: IMD

    As many as 39 regions in southern Tamil Nadu witnessed extremely heavy rainfall, the India Meteorological Department said.

    Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall was recorded in Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi and Kanyakumari districts and light to moderate rainfall at most places in southern Tamil Nadu, the IMD said in a bulletin.

    There were 39 extremely heavy rainfall reports, 33 very heavy rainfall reports and 12 heavy rainfall reports from such southern regions. Kayalpattinam in Thoothukudi district reported 95 cm, followed by Tiruchendur and Srivaikuntam (both in Thoothukudi district) reporting 69 cm and 62 cm respectively.

    - PTI

  • December 18, 2023 17:59
    Central and State agencies are working to restore normalcy: Governor Ravi
  • December 18, 2023 17:11
    Holiday for schools, colleges in Tirunelveli on Dec 19

    Tirunelveli District Collector K.P. Karthikeyan declares holiday for all schools and colleges in the district on Tuesday (December 19) in view of heavy downpour.

  • December 18, 2023 16:37
    T.N. Chief Secretary on relief & rescue measures taken by government
  • December 18, 2023 16:27
    Drone visuals from Thoothukudi
  • December 18, 2023 16:19
    Three trains from West T.N. cancelled

    Due to heavy rains and flooding in Tirunelveli and adjoining districts, the following three train services have been cancelled on December 19.

    Train No.06845 Jolarpettai – Erode Train, scheduled to leave Jolarpettai at 5.15 a.m., Train No.16322 Coimbatore – Nagercoil Train, scheduled to leave Coimbatore Junction at 8 a.m. and Train No.06612 Erode – Tiruchi Train, scheduled to leave Erode at 4.35 p.m., have been cancelled

  • December 18, 2023 15:37
    Flood situation in Thoothukudi
  • December 18, 2023 15:26
    Flooded Thoothukudi
  • December 18, 2023 15:18
    CM Stalin seeks meeting with PM Modi on Dec 19 over flood situation

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking a meeting with him on Tuesday (December 19, 2023) to discuss the impact of the unprecedented rainfall and floods in Chennai and its surrounding districts earlier this month and the flood wreaking havoc in the southern districts at present. 

  • December 18, 2023 15:03
    Visuals from Thoothukudi
  • December 18, 2023 15:03
    Vaigai dam status
  • December 18, 2023 15:00
    Red alert to continue for Tenkasi, Thoothukudi, Tiruvaneli, Kanniyakumari districts
  • December 18, 2023 14:36
    Annamalai on floods in South T.N.
  • December 18, 2023 14:35
    Elderly woman rescued

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  • December 18, 2023 14:29
    Indian Navy’s chopper in Tirunelveli
  • December 18, 2023 14:27
    CM Stalin deputes four more Ministers for relief work in South T.N.

    The number of Ministers deputed for flood relief work increases to nine.

  • December 18, 2023 14:24
    Cars go under rain water in Tirunelveli

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  • December 18, 2023 13:40
    Change in train services due to waterlogging in Tirunelveli Junction
  • December 18, 2023 13:38
    Extremely heavy rainfall predicted in the next 24 hours in Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Tenkasi, Kanniyakumari districts
  • December 18, 2023 13:30
    T.N. govt. announces helplines

    Tamil Nadu government has announced WhatsApp and social media helplines for people from Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Tenkasi and Kanniyakumari districts affected by extremely heavy rainfall. 

    Those who want to report the damages in their areas or in need of rescue, medical assistance or other relief materials can contact the number 8148539914 through WhatsApp. They can also reach the authorities through the Twitter handles @tn_rescuerelief, @tnsdma or the Facebook id @tnsdma.

  • December 18, 2023 13:28
    Situation at Virudhunagar

    Almost all the nine small dams and waterbodies are brimming with water following overnight heavy rain, in Virudhunagar district.

    Virudhunagar Collector, V.P. Jayaseelan, told The Hindu that water is being released from all dams as a proactive measure.

    As of Monday morning, around 40 people from low-lying areas have been evacuated to eight relief centres in the district. Food has been supplied to them. The district administration has set up 40 relief centres in each taluk.

    The district administration is also taking steps to bring boats from neighbouring Thoothukudi district to rescue people from marooned areas.

    Virudhunagar district had received an average of 148.28 mm of rainfall since Sunday evening till 6 a.m. on December 18, 2023.

    People have been asked to call the Disaster Management helpline 1077, State Disaster Management helpline, 1070 and fire and rescue service helpline 101 and 112 for help.

    For electricity related complaints, call the Minnagam helpline 94987-94987.

    T.N. Rains | As downpour pounds Virudhunagar, district administration gears up to face red alert

  • December 18, 2023 13:25
    Northeast monsoon in T.N. and Puducherry
  • December 18, 2023 13:21
    Thoothukudi MP takes stock of the situation
  • December 18, 2023 13:15
    Water level rises in Vaigai dam

    The water level in Vaigai dam has been steadily increasing on Monday with a huge inflow of 17,391 cusecs. The level stood at 66.67 feet (71 feet) at 11 a.m. The first flood warning was issued to five districts, Theni, Dindigul. Madurai, Sivaganga and Ramanathapuram, at 8 a.m.

  • December 18, 2023 13:03
    Man killed in wall collapse in Ramanathapuram district

    A 75-year-old man, Veluchamy, was killed after a wall collapsed at his house following overnight rains, in Vellammal village in Ramanathapuram district on Monday, December 18.

    Police said the man was killed on the spot, at around 11 a.m. His daughter, Ponnuthai (32) suffered injuries to her hip and legs. She has been admitted to the Kadaladi Government Hospital.

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  • December 18, 2023 13:00
    Flooding at Thoothukudi
  • December 18, 2023 12:58
    Devotees stranded in Sathuragiri hills
  • December 18, 2023 12:56
    Waterlogging in Ramanathapuram Government Medical College Hospital
  • December 18, 2023 12:24
    Canal overflows in Thoothukudi

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  • December 18, 2023 12:21
    Submerged causeway in Virudhunagar district

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  • December 18, 2023 12:18
    Coimbatore district in West T.N. receives 16.61 mm rain

    Coimbatore district received an average rainfall of 16.61 mm and a total rainfall of 382 mm in the 24 hours that ended at 8 a.m. on Monday, December 18. 

  • December 18, 2023 12:15
    South T.N. gets extremely to exceptionally heavy rainfall
  • December 18, 2023 12:10
    Flooded Tirunelveli Junction railway station

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  • December 18, 2023 12:06
    Flood-like situation in Thiruparappu waterfalls
  • December 18, 2023 11:59
    Passengers of Ananthapuri Express and Kanniyakumari Express stranded in Virudhunagar

    Virudhunagar Collector V.P. Jayaseelan interacting with stranded passengers of Ananthapuri Express and Kanniyakumari Express which were short-terminated at Virudhunagar railway station on Monday (December 18) morning following suspension of train services in Tirunelveli railway junction due to water-logging of railway tracks.

  • December 18, 2023 11:54
    Wall of Korampallam pond in Thoothukudi breaks
  • December 18, 2023 11:51
    River in spate at Kanniyakumari district

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  • December 18, 2023 11:40
    Rains may reduce from Tuesday: RMC

    Torrential rains pummelled the southern districts of Tamil Nadu with an unprecedented amount of rainfall on Sunday as the Northeast monsoon is in its vigorous phase. In the past 24 hours ending 8.30 a.m. on Monday, Kayalpattinam in Thoothukudi district received a whopping 95 cm of rainfall.

    Extremely heavy rains had pounded several southern districts, triggered by a cyclonic circulation over Comorin area and neighbourhood. Tiruchendur, Srivaikuntam in Thoothukudi district received 69 cm and 62 cm respectively. 

    Thiruchendur in Thoothukudi district and Moolaikaraipatti in Tirunelveli district recorded 61 cm each.

    The Regional Meteorological Centre has noted heavy to very heavy rains may continue in four districts: Kanniyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Tenkasi on Monday as well. Rains may reduce from Tuesday.

  • December 18, 2023 11:37
    Rail traffic suspended in Tirunelveli-Tiruchendur section after ballast was washed away: Southern Railway

    The Southern Railway said that traffic has been suspended in the Tirunelveli-Tiruchendur section, between Srivaikuntam and Seydunganallur, as ‘the ballast’ has been washed away and the track is ‘hanging’ and water is flowing over the railway tracks.

  • December 18, 2023 11:35
    Boats deployed, many rescued, evacuated from flooded areas and shifted to relief camps: Shiv Das Meena

    Chief Secretary Shiv Das Meena on Monday said that rains and flooding in South Tamil Nadu are unprecedented and the Army, Navy and the Air Force services have been requisitioned. As many as 84 boats have been deployed for rescue and relief initiatives. 

    The government has declared December 18 a public holiday in four districts.

    Additional boats have been mobilised in Thoothukudi and nearby towns of Srivaikundam and Kayalpattinam. As many as 7,500 people were evacuated and are housed in 84 relief camps. Through the Common Alert Protocol, SMS alerts were sent to 62 lakh people.

    The NDRF and SDRF personnel, Fire and Rescue Service and police teams evacuated people from heavily inundated localities and housed them in schools and marriage halls.

  • December 18, 2023 11:20
    Paddy crop submerged under rainwater in Tenkasi

    Paddy crop submerged under rainwater due to incessant rainfall in Tamil Nadu Tenkasi’s district. 

  • December 18, 2023 11:14
    Aavin ensures adequate milk supply to affected areas

    Following heavy rainfall in Thoothukudi, Ramanathapuram, Tirunelveli, Kanniyakumari and Tenkasi districts of Tamil Nadu, Aavin company in the State has arranged to provide additional milk packets, powder milk and long shelf life (UHT) processed milk from other districts to the affected areas in order to meet public demand. 

    The company issued a notice that stated that sufficient stocks were available to ensure uninterrupted supply of milk to public.

  • December 18, 2023 11:02
    Kayalpattinam in Thoothukudi records highest ever rainfall in last 24 hours

    Kayalpattinam in Thoothukudi recorded its highest ever rainfall of 932 mm in the last 24 hours. This is reported more than their annual rainfall received in a day. 

    This is also the second highest rainfall after Kakkachi (manjolai) that received 965 mm rainfall in 1992.

  • December 18, 2023 11:00
    Watch | Manimuthar waterfall overflows due to incessant heavy rainfall in Tirunelveli District.
  • December 18, 2023 10:51
    Thamirabarani river swells, high-level bridge submerged

    Unprecedented rainfall has led to the increase water level in Thamirabarani that has submerged a high-level bridge across the river at the North Bypass Road near Vannarpettai in Tirunelveli, bringing vehicular traffic movement to a grinding halt in this area.

  • December 18, 2023 10:50
    CM deputes State ministers, IAS officers to monitor flood situation

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Sunday, December 17, 2023 deputed State Ministers and senior IAS officers to monitor the flood situation and relief distribution in Kanniyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Tenkasi districts, which are witnessing heavy rain. 

    An official release said Chief Secretary Shiv Das Meena held a meeting with the Collectors of these districts through video conferencing and urged them to take all steps to avoid damage and loss. 

    As per the Chief Minister’s direction S. Nagarajan, Land Administration Commissioner and former collector of Kanniyakumari, has been sent to the district to monitor the situation and guide officials. R. Selvaraj, Secretary, Tamil Development and Information Department, will be in charge of Tirunelveli district. B. Jothi Nirmala, Secretary, Commercial Taxes will be monitoring the situation in Thoothukudi district while Shunchonngam Jatak Chiru,Secretary, Social Welfare and Women Empower Department has been deputed to Tenkasi.

  • December 18, 2023 10:39
    Atleast 10 feet of water logging reported at Tirunelveli bus stand

    At least 10 feet of water logging has been reported at the Tirunelveli junction bus stand. The ground floor of all commercial complexes, hotels and lodges around the bus stand are under water. 

    Many houses in low-lying areas along Thamirabarani river have been marooned following the torrential rains.

  • December 18, 2023 10:15
    Virudhunagar district records average of 148.28 mm of rainfall until 6 a.m. on Monday

    Virudhunagar district has recorded an average of 148.28 mm of rainfall with 11 out of 12 rainguage stations receiving 3-digit rainfall amount till 6 a.m. on Monday.

  • December 18, 2023 10:08
    Theni | All schools closed

    Rain holiday declared for all schools in Theni district on Monday.

  • December 18, 2023 10:05
    Tirunelveli | Public holiday declared in district today

    Tirunelveli district collector has declared Monday as a public holiday. 

  • December 18, 2023 10:01
    Kanniyakumari | AIADMK MLA rescues group of pilgrims stuck in flood

    In Kanniyakumari, AIADMK MLA N. Sundaram and his team, who were travelling on the highway, rescued a group of “Ayyavazhi” pilgrims, from Tenkasi district, who were caught in a flood near Kalluvilai. The pilgrims were trapped in a passenger van. Following their rescue, the vehicle was pulled to safety. 

  • December 18, 2023 10:01
    Tirunelveli | Rainwater enters Government medical college and hospital

    In Tirunelveli, rainwater has entered the Government Medical College and Hospital premises, an official said, adding that many low-lying areas were inundated.

  • December 18, 2023 09:55
    Courtallam waterfall closed due to heavy rain

    Following heavy rainfall, Courtallam waterfalls has been closed for tourists.

  • December 18, 2023 09:47
    In Pictures | Rain water stagnation at Ramanathapuram Government Hospital

    Rain water stagnation reported at Ramanathapuram Government Medical Collage Hospital on Monday. 

    Credits: L. Balachandar 

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  • December 18, 2023 09:30
    Southern districts of Tamil Nadu may get rain till December 18

    The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) has forecast intense rainfall over parts of south Tamil Nadu and coastal districts of the southern region till Monday.

    Read more here...
  • December 18, 2023 09:23
    Holiday declared for schools, colleges in Virudhunagar

    Holiday declared for schools and colleges in Virudhunagar district on Monday owing to widespread overnight rain. 

  • December 18, 2023 09:13
    Colleges in Virudhunagar affiliated to Anna University postpones exams

    Anna University examinations scheduled for Monday (today) for affiliated colleges postponed in Virudhunagar district due to rain. The revised schedule will be informed later said COE(I/C). 

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