Tamil Nadu rains | November 8, 2021

Incessant drizzle continues in Tirunelveli and Palayamkottai on Monday.

Incessant drizzle continues in Tirunelveli and Palayamkottai on Monday.

Heavy overnight rain led to flooding in several areas of Chennai on Sunday. Nungambakkam recorded 21.5 cm of rainfall, the highest recorded in a 24-hour period since 2015 .

Tamil Nadu has received a 43% surplus rainfall and Chennai registered a 26% excess since October 1.

After receiving a record rainfall in 24 hours till Sunday , Chennai will experience thunderstorms and heavy rain in the next 48 hours. Thunderstorms with lightning may occur in many other parts of Tamil Nadu, too, for two more days.

Here are the latest updates:


Chennai helpline numbers

9.00 pm

Long day for Chennaites | people queued up for food and relief material on Monday morning as rains continued

Residents of Chennai waited in queues on Monday morning to receive food and relief materials as rains continued since Saturday.

Meanwhile, Greater Chennai Corporation prepared food for the flood affected people.


8.30 pm

Watch | Fire and Rescue Service personnel rescue trapped bullocks


8.00 pm

Incessant drizzle continues in Tirunelveli and Palayamkottai

7.30 pm

Vehicles ply on waterlogged streets in Chennai

Vehicles had to wade through waterlogged streets at Kovil Pathagai main road, Kannadapalayam, Avadi in Chennai on Monday.


7.00 pm

Rain water enters houses in Chennai

As rain water entered homes, residents had to clear our water from their house in various parts of the city on Monday.


6.30 pm

Two-wheelers go on a dangerous ride in Madurai

Two-wheeler riders drive dangerously as the water-level increases in Vaigai river and even as Kalpalam road on the northern bank of the river in Madurai has been closed for transport on Monday.


6.15 pm

Officials inspect flash flood at Moongil Pallam

Officials inspected flash flood at Moongil Pallam on Kodaikanal hill in Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu, on Monday as heavy rains led to flooding in several areas of Tamil Nadu.


5.45 pm

Highways department workers cement holes filled with stagnant water


5.40 pm

Water overflows at a check dam on Kodaganar river


5.30 pm

Residents suffer due to water-logged houses in Selvi Nagar on Monday


4.30 pm

Adambakkam Police station shifted to new location

The Adambakkam Police station has been temporarily shifted to a new location, following waterlogging due to heavy rains at the existing station premises.

S8 Adambakkam station is one of busiest police stations in the St Thomas Mount Police district in the city. It has been functioning with over 40 personnel at a building located on New Colony Main Road, for the last few years.

“Our station floor is at least three feet below the ground level and the building is also leaky. During the monsoon, rain water enters the premises. This time, we have witnessed heavy inundation inside the premises besides flooding on the roads. On the orders of senior officers, we have shifted the station immediately to new premises to continue our service to the public,” said Valarmathi, Inspector of Police.

4.00 pm

Flyover turns parking lot

Once bitten, twice shy. Fearing a repeat of 2015, car owners parked their vehicle on Velachery flyover, since many streets are inundated in rainwater.


3.15 pm

Chennai Corporation increases grievance redressal lines

Greater Chennai Corporation has increased the number of lines to redress grievances of residents affected by flooding in the 15 zones of the city.

In a tweet, the Greater Chennai Corporation on Monday said:

The number of lines to attend the complaints/grievances from the helpline 1913 is expanded from 5 to 30. Chennaiites can call 1913 for flood related grievances.

"We have received 4000 calls," said an official. Chief Minister M. K. Stalin has ordered officials to review the helpline and make improvements in the helpline. The number of personnel at the call centre has increased, facilitating quick response to complaints pertaining to civic issues.

Chennai Corporation Commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi has announced that senior officials will review the call records of the helpline on Monday.

3.05 pm

Two youth drown in pond in Pudukottai village

Two youth drowned in a pond at Kottaikadu village in Pudukottai district on Sunday.

Police identified the deceased as M. Kannan and T. Ashok - both of Kottaikadu. The two went to the pond which was filled with water due to the rains to take bath when they drowned.

Fire fighters retrieved the bodies which were sent to the Pudukottai Medical College Hospital for post mortem.

The Vadakadu Police have registered a case under section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

2.45 pm

Chennai corporation has set up common kitchens for flood affected areas


2.30 pm

Rain water of up to 10,000 cusecs to be diverted into Kollidam river from Monday evening


The Public Works Department (PWD) has decided to divert about 10,000 cusecs of water into the Kollidam river from the Upper Anicut (Mukkombu) from Monday evening.

The move comes in view of the heavy inflows into Koraiyar and Kudamuritti rivers, which drain into the Cauvery river near Tiruchi.

The Koraiyar was getting heavy inflows following widespread rains in and around Keeranur/Viralimalai in Pudukottai district and Manapparai in Tiruchi district over the past few days. A few tanks in Keeranur/ Viralimalai areas had surplus inflows. According to PWD sources, about 2500-3,000 cusecs of water was flowing across Puthur Weir near Tiruchi, which runs off into the Cauvery.


2.15 pm

IMD warns of extremely heavy rain in parts of TN, Andhra


Extremely heavy rainfall is likely over some parts of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh on November 10 and 11 which may inundate roads and low-lying areas, and cause riverine flooding in some catchment areas, the India Meteorological Department said on Monday.

A cyclonic circulation lies over the southeast Bay of Bengal and the adjoining south Andaman Sea extending up to middle tropospheric levels. Under its influence, a low pressure area is very likely to form over the southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood during the next 24 hours.

It is likely to move west–northwestwards, concentrate into a depression and reach near north Tamil Nadu coast by the early morning of November 11, the MeT office said.

“Under its influence, isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely over Tamil Nadu on November 8 and 9 and heavy to very heavy rain at few places with isolated extremely heavy falls are very likely on November 10 and 11. Heavy to very heavy rain with extremely heavy falls at isolated places are also likely over south coastal Andhra Pradesh during the same period,” the IMD said in a statement. - PTI


1:50 pm

Chennai Corporation places boats in some locations in Velachery and Adambakkam to as a precautionary measure


1.45 pm

Chennai airport functioning without disruptions

Departure and arrivals at Chennai airport will continue on schedule without disruptions, the Airport Authority of India has said.

No cancellation so far because of rains, it added.

1:36 pm

Incessant rains hit normal life in Puducherry

Normal life was hit in Puducherry on Monday and educational institutions were closed due to incessant rains under the influence of a cyclonic circulation in the Bay of Bengal.

Puducherry, which has been receiving rains since the onset of the north-east monsoon, registered 6.1 cm rainfall during the last 24 hours ending 8.30 AM on Monday, PWD sources told PTI. Karaikal registered 4.8 cm rainfall in the same period.

Control rooms were operating at the PWD office, Police and Health Departments to attend to any rain-related issues.

Water level in Bahoor and Oussudu tanks, the two major water bodies in Puducherry, has reached full capacity, the sources said.

The discharge into Sankarabarani river was copious and the river was in a spate, sources added. - PTI

1:33 pm

Current update in Chennai City Traffic situation in view of North East Monsoon Rainfall

1. Name of the Subways closed due to Water logging:-

i) Vyasarpadi Subway

ii) Madley Subway

2. Traffic diversion due to Water Logging:-

Ambedkar College road, 2 feet water logging (In front of P1 PS)

Traffic diverted at the junction of PB road X Strahans road junction towards Pulianthope high road

1.20 pm

Tangedco announces helpline for registering complaints

The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation has announced the Minnagam helpline no. 9498794987 for consumers to register their electricity complaints.

A senior official of Tangedco said while Tangedco is still operating the toll free no .1912 for power supply complaints the Minnagam helpline is for registering complaints throughout the State.  - R. Srikanth

1:02 pm

Inflow from tanks upstream flowing in to Red Hills reservoir


1:01 pm

Residents visit the flooding Uyyakondan river in Tiruchi


12:56 pm

Families in Golden Jubilee Apartments marooned

Over 650 families in Golden Jubilee Apartments, developed by the Tamil Nadu Housing Board in Anna Nagar West, have been marooned. Residents start vacating homes owing to huge economic loss of personal property. Many neighbourhoods in Chennai face such civic issues


12:44 pm

Current update in Chennai City Traffic situation in view of North East Monsoon Rainfall

1. Name of the Subways closed due to Water logging:-

i) Vyasarpadi Subway

ii) Madley Subway

2. Traffic diversion due to Water Logging:-

i) At Pantheon Roundabout vehicles are not allowed towards RR stadium (Marshall Road), they are diverted towards pantheon road, vehicles are allowed on Marshall road towards Pantheon Roundabout.

12:32 pm

Roads flooded with water


12:09 pm

Ganeshapuram subway opened for traffic

The Ganeshapuram subway opened for traffic on Monday after water was cleared. However, Pulianthope was heavily flooded with vehicle movement being largely restricted. Decoster Road, Stephenson Road were also waterlogged.


11:59 am

Visibility poor on all highways in Chennai


11:56 am

Rajalakshmi Nagar residents in Tiruchi rescued


11:54 am

Corporation worker clearing garbage in flood affected areas


11:52 am

Relief material distribution


11.25 am

Mettur dam expected to attain full reservoir level on Tuesday


With the water level at the Stanley Reservoir in Mettur Dam nearing 118 feet and the inflow at over 27,000 cusecs on Monday morning, Salem District Collector S. Karmegam has said that the dam is expected to reach its Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of 120 feet by Tuesday night after which discharge would be stepped up.

At 8 a.m., the water level stood at 117.61 feet while the storage was 89.71 thousand million cubic feet (tmc) against the capacity of 93.47 tmc. The inflow stood at 27,600 cusecs and the discharge at 350 cusecs into the canal, and 100 cusecs into the River Cauvery.

10.45 am

Better equipment could have helped: weather bloggers

Many felt the city was caught off-guard with no indication of such very heavy spells of rain, resulting in flooding everywhere. Weather bloggers, who have been continuously monitoring the changes, said while the northeast monsoon could spring a surprise with heavy rain over a short period like a localised phenomena, it was still possible to have at least better indications if the city had better equipment.



10:30 am

Analysing Sunday's rain


10:15 am

20 low-lying villages in Vellore get flood alert

Vellore Collector P. Kumaravel Pandian issued a flood alert to 20 low-lying villages along the Mordhana river at Gudiyatham taluk in Vellore on Sunday as excess rainwater was discharged from the reservoir built across the river.

A round-the-clock special desk with helpline numbers – 1077; 0416-2258016, WhatsApp: 9384056214 – to complain about rain-related problems and emergencies has been set up at the Collector Office in Vellore. Due to continuous rain in the neighbouring Chittoor district (Andhra Pradesh) and catchment areas since the past few days, the reservoir across the Mordhana river, a tributary of Palar river, reached its full capacity of 261.36 mcft, causing the district administration to issue the flood alert. "We have banned bathing, washing clothes, playing and taking selfies along the river and check dams. Based on the rainfall report, a decision on holiday for schools and colleges will be taken on Monday," Mr. Pandian told The Hindu .

9:50 am

Orange alert issued to few districts

Heavy rains pounded some parts of the city and neighbouring districts till early hours of Monday, November 8, 2021. The Meteorological department has issued an orange alert for a few districts,including Chennai and Cuddalore, as heavy to very heavy rains may continue till Tuesday morning.

Nungambakkam in Chennai, received a heavy rainfall of 7.3 cm of rainfall till 8 a.m. on Monday, November 8, 2021. Other places in Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts had rainfall of heavy to very heavy intensity during the last 24 hours till Monday morning.


9:45 am

Holiday for schools in Puducherry on Nov. 8, 9

The government has declared Monday and Tuesday holidays for all schools in Puducherry and Karaikal.

An order issued by V.G. Sivagami, Joint Director of the Education Department, said, “Due to inclement weather and incessant rain, holiday has been declared for Class 9 to 12 on Monday and Tuesday in the Puducherry and Karaikal regions.”

9:35 am

Tiruvallur receives widespread rain

There was widespread rain in Tiruvallur district and water stagnation occurred in urban and semi-urban areas. Collector Alby John Varghese said that till 6 a.m. on Sunday, the district received 688 mm of rain, and till afternoon, another 300 mm was recorded.

“There was not much flooding in rural areas since the water ran off to open spaces,” he said. The district administration took 40 persons to a shelter at Perandhur. Since the district is home to major waterbodies, including Poondi, Puzhal and Sholavaram, and has rivers, including the Arani and the Kosasthalai, running through it, opening of the floodgates of the reservoirs and issuing a warning to those living alongside the waterbodies was a major exercise.

9:30 am

Heavy rain likely till Wednesday

The district is on yellow alert for isolated heavy rainfall from Monday to Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The Thiruvananthapuram district administration has asked people residing in hilly areas that had received heavy rainfall in recent weeks to remain extremely alert as thunderstorms are likely in the regions.

9:30 am

Bhavanisagar dam nearing full capacity

With an inflow at over 2,000 cusecs, the water level at the Bhavanisagar Dam is inching closer to the Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of 105 feet.

At 4 p.m. on Sunday, the inflow into the reservoir was 5,025 cusecs while the water level stood at 103.86 feet. The storage was 31.84 tmc ft against the capacity of 32.800 tmc ft.

The discharge was 3,500 cusecs into River Bhavani and 1,500 cusecs into Lower Bhavani Project canal. The discharge into Kalingarayan Canal and Arakankottai-Thadapalli canals was stopped due to rain.

8:45 am

Madras High Court to hold virtual hearings

The virtual court mode, which came into extensive use across the State since March 2020 due to the lockdown to fight COVID-19, has come in handy during heavy rains in Chennai and three other contiguous districts.

Even though the State government has declared holiday for its offices on Monday, the High Court has decided to function online. A notification issued by the Registry on November 8, 2021, stated that the principal seat of the High Court in Chennai would continue to function in a restricted manner on the virtual mode on Monday.


8:30 am

Current update in Chennai City Traffic situation in view of North East Monsoon Rainfall

The Subways closed due to Water logging: EVR Salai/Gangu reddy subway, Vyasarpadi Subway and Ganeshapuram Subway.

Traffic diversion due to Water Logging: On EVR Salai vehicles coming from Central towards Nair Point are diverted at the junction of EVR Salai x Gandhi Irwin Point towards Egmore (CMDA).

At Pantheon Roundabout vehicles are not allowed towards RR stadium (Marshall Road), they are diverted towards pantheon road, vehicles are allowed on Marshall road towards Pantheon roundabout. 


8:27 am

Rain likely from today as low pressure brews over Bay of Bengal

A low pressure area is brewing over the southeast Bay of Bengal and its neighbourhood on November 9 and under its influence, rain or thundershowers is likely to occur over the north coastal Andhra Pradesh on November 8 and 9, meteorology officials have said.

A cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal off south Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu coasts extending up to 4.5 km above the mean sea level persists.

8:25 am

Pounding rain keeps Chennai on alert

Heavy overnight rain led to flooding in several areas of Chennai on Sunday. Nungambakkam recorded 21.5 cm of rainfall, the  highest recorded in a 24-hour period since 2015 .

Tamil Nadu has received a 43% surplus rainfall and Chennai registered a 26% excess since October 1.

Following rain in the catchment areas leading to heavy inflows, the State Government gradually began releasing surplus water from reservoirs around Chennai including Poondi and Chembarambakkam. From an initial 500 cusecs, the discharge from Chembarambakkam was increased to 2,000 cusecs in the evening.


November 7

Rain claims three lives

Three persons died and a search was launched for two persons who were washed away in a river in Tamil Nadu, as heavy rain lashed many parts of the State since Saturday.

A 55-year-old man was killed at Royapuram in Chennai after a portion of the roof of his house, where he had been living alone, collapsed on Saturday night. M. Rajaram was asleep when the incident occurred.

8:20 am

Holiday declared in Tamil Nadu due to heavy rains

Collectors in Vellore and Ranipet declared holiday for all schools in respective districts today due to rain. In Tiruvannamalai, all schools and colleges have been closed due to rain.

Tirupatur Collector, Amar Kushwaha, declared holiday for all schools and colleges in the district today due to rain.

Chief Minister M.K. Stalin announced a two-day holiday for schools in Chennai, Tiruvallur, Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram districts because of the severe rain and the forecast of more rain for the next two days. He requested people to postpone their trips to Chennai for a couple of days.

Holiday declared for schools in Kallakurichi,  Cuddalore, Villupuram, Thanjavur, Mayiladuthurai, Perambalur, Karur, Pudukottai, Tiruchi, Ariyalur, Nagapattinam, and Tiruvarur districts.


November 7

One dead as heavy rain lashes Chittoor

The Araniyar reservoir in Pichatur mandal received heavy inflows in the last 24 hours and the irrigation officials lifted a gate and released 300 cusecs of water downstream towards Tamil Nadu.

Meanwhile, in view of the heavy rainfall alert for the next 48 hours, the district administration has kept the revenue and police personnel on alert in the eastern mandals.

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