Rains lashed many parts of Tamil Nadu and neighbouring states on December 1 with the North-East monsoon triggering a heavy spell in the last 24 hours.

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) has issued a red alert of heavy to very heavy rainfall for districts in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on December 3. They are Cuddalore, Villupuram, Theni, Dindigul, Virudhunagar, Tirunelveli, and Kanyakumari.

On December 3, fifteen people died after a wall collapsed in a village in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district amid heavy rain. The authorities said that rescue operations are underway to help people trapped in debris in Nadur village near Mettupalayalam. Nine bodies have been recovered so far.

According to the weather office, widespread rain is expected across the coastal Tamil Nadu because of a cyclonic circulation near Comorin on the Indian Ocean. In the last few days, at least three people had died over rain-related incidents in various parts of Tamil Nadu.

Schools across Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have been declared shut on December 3 in the wake of heavy rainfall.

Tamil Nadu Minister for School Education, K A Sengottaiyan announced that school textbooks of government school children in Chennai which were damaged by rains will be replaced with a new set soon.

On December 1st, the Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services said it was fully prepared to address any flood-related issues. The department said in a press release that it has adequate manpower, equipment such as inflatable rubber boats, long rescue ropes, other tools and vehicles to help rescue and evacuate flood-affected people.

The Chennai state government said that it is well-prepared and has set up 176 relief centres. Boats have been kept ready to evacuate people and 630 water pumps are ready to remove water-logging in low-lying areas. Six tree-clearing machines have been kept ready.

The Chennai Corporation has set up a helpline for water-logging and tree fall complaints following continuous rain. Residents can dial 04425384520 and 04425384530 or Whatsapp 9445477205 for any rain-related complaints.

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