TN gets ready for 'red alert' rains, govt forms special rescue teams

TN gets ready for ‘red alert’ rains, govt forms special rescue teams

The Tamil Nadu government has put state machinery on high alert in view of the possibility that heavy rainfall that may occur on Sunday. Special rescue teams have been formed.

The India Meteorological Department has issued a forecast of heavy rain in Tamil Nadu over the weekend until October 8. A red alert has been sounded.

Met office sources on Saturday said it was very likely to intensify into a Cyclonic Storm and move towards Oman Coast thereafter, even as the Tamil Nadu government has geared up its official machinery and put in place all precautionary arrangements in districts to meet the situation.

Under its influence Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep were likely to witness widespread rain / thundershowers with heavy / very heavy rains at isolated places during next 4­5 days.

State Revenue Minister RB Udayakumar stated that precautionary measures were being taken in the state in view of the impending rains.

District collectors throughout the state have been asked to monitor the situation with utmost scrutiny, and to keep tabs on fishermen and warn them against going out to sea over the next few days.

He also asked for all district collectors in areas near the sea to take immediate action to ensure that people were safe during the heavy rains.

Following forecast of extremely heavy rain on Sunday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami held a review meeting at Chennai on Friday and issued a series of instructions to officials.

These included asking collectors of coastal districts to take steps for the early return of fishermen who have ventured into the sea, an official release said.