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Coastal areas of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry on high alert after extreme rainfall warning

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has sounded a red alert in Tamil Nadu till tomorrow.  A low-pressure area has formed over southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood, which is very likely to intensify into a depression over southwest and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal, and is likely to bring heavy to very heavy rainfall with isolated extremely heavy falls over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea till tomorrow.

Owing to the prevailing situation in Bay of Bengal, Extremely heavy rainfall and heavy to very heavy rains are expected through the North Tamilnadu Coast till South Andhra.

Though the depression is not a cyclone, the State has been receiving surplus rainfall in the beginning of the monsoon season. All the coastal districts have been put on high alert as the system approaches near the Coast.

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Cool breeze and constant rains have become the order of the day making people stay indoors. People have been advised to keep their mobile phones charged and also have candles and torchlights during bad weather conditions.

Orders have been issued to the district administrations to coordinate with the State Control Room and maintain a strict vigil in water bodies. Control rooms have been set up in Districts for immediate help.

People living in low lying areas have been shifted to safety. Advisories have been issued to people living near the sea coast from Karaikal to Sriharikota to watch out for extreme situations.

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