Rains in Chennai, flood alert issued in six districts

Rains in Chennai, flood alert issued in six districts

Rains have been lashing various parts of Chennai from the early hours of today, even as a flood alert was issued along the banks of Cauvery in six Tamil Nadu districts on Friday.

With Karnataka releasing more than one lakh cusecs of water into the inter-state river in the wake of heavy rains there, officials have sounded flood warning.

Meanwhile, as heavy rain continued to lash several parts of Kerala for the third consecutive day on Friday, the state government sounded red alert in eight districts.

With rescue workers retrieving more bodies, the death toll in rain-related incidents rose to 29. Of them, 25 were killed in incidents of landslides and four drowned.

Many parts of Kerala were grappling with a looming crisis on Friday as a heavy rainfall warning and tidal flooding alert looked set to compound the worsening flood situation in the State.

The State Disaster Management Authority issued a red alert for eight districts following a heavy rainfall warning by the weather office. The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services has also issued a tidal flooding alert for Kerala from August 11 to 15.

Five columns of the Army were deployed in the State’s seven severely-hit northern districts, out of Kerala’s 14, to help evacuate people and to build makeshift bridges even as the Navy’s Southern Command was put on alert after water level in the Periyar river rose amid concern that parts of Wellingdon Island in Kochi could be inundated.