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Heavy Rain: School Closures and Weather Woes in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Beyond

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As the world experiences erratic weather patterns, certain regions are encountering heavy rainfall, leading to significant disruptions and challenges. In Tamil Nadu, the northeast monsoon has intensified, causing adverse weather conditions in various areas. Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Madurai, Theni, and Dindigul, along with select taluks in Nilgiris, have witnessed heavy rainfall, prompting authorities to take precautionary measures such as declaring school holidays and initiating restoration efforts following landslides and disruptions to transportation systems.

School Holidays Declared

Several districts, including Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Madurai, Theni, Dindigul, and specific Nilgiris taluks, have declared holidays for schools on Thursday. This decision aims to ensure the safety of students and educators amid the prevailing weather conditions.

Weather-Related Disruptions

The inclement weather has caused a landslide on the Kotagiri-Mettupalayam road in the Nilgiris district, disrupting traffic. Efforts are underway to restore normalcy and redirect vehicles along alternative routes.

In the Nilgiris Mountain Railway section, two train services were canceled due to soil erosion beneath the tracks between Kallar and Adderly, caused by heavy rainfall.

Rainfall and Disruptions in Other Regions

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast isolated heavy rainfall over Kerala and Tamil Nadu on Thursday, indicating the persistence of severe weather conditions.

In Madurai, waterlogging has been reported in several parts, leading to local disruptions.

Projections and Precautions

The Met Department anticipates light to moderately scattered and fairly widespread rainfall across the Southern Peninsula. Kerala, particularly the Kannur district, has already experienced substantial rainfall in recent days.

The IMD’s bulletin forecasts widespread rainfall in Kerala for the next two days, while Tamil Nadu is expected to witness fairly widespread rainfall during the same period. In Telangana, scattered rainfall is anticipated on Thursday. Authorities are taking precautions to mitigate the impacts of the intensifying monsoon.

The collective efforts of meteorological agencies and local authorities are pivotal in monitoring and managing the potential disruptions caused by the escalating monsoon in these regions. Residents are urged to stay informed and exercise caution during this period of heightened weather activity.

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