Days of heavy rain caused the Thambirabarani river to break its banks on 13 January 2021, flooding areas close to the river in Tirunelveli district.
Flooding was worsened by releases from Papanasam and Manimutharu Dams. According to India’s Central Water Commission (CWC), the Thambirabarani river reached a record high of 78.02 metres on 13 January at Kalladikurich, which is 3.02 metres above its previous highest flood level (HFL).
India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said it rescued 73 people from floods in Thoothukudi (also known as Tuticorin), in Thoothukudi district after flooding from the Thambirabarani river.
CWC said the Kodiyar river was also flowing above danger levels at Thiruvarambu in Kanyakumari district.
Quoting figures from India Meteorological department (IMD), local media Tirunelveli district saw an average of 150 mm of rain in 48 hours to 14 January. Papanasam recorded 363 mm and Manimuthar 327 mm during this period.
IMD said conditions becoming favourable for cessation of Northeast Monsoon rains over southern India from around 19 January.
ஸ்ரீவைகுண்டம் ஆழ்வார்தோப்பு கிராமத்தின் ஆற்றங்கரை பகுதியில் இருந்து தற்பொழுது வெள்ளம் கரைபுரண்டு ஊருக்குள் புகுந்த வண்ணம் உள்ளது . தாமிரபரணி #தாமிரபரணி @CWCOfficial_FF @CMOTamilNadu @praddy06 @CollectorTuty pic.twitter.com/8T2vy1f5vH
— Rama Karthison T (@karthison) January 13, 2021
♦ Conditions are becoming favourable for cessation of Northeast Monsoon rains over Tamilnadu, Puducherry & Karaikal, Kerala & Mahe
and adjoining areas of coastal Andhra Pradesh & Yanam, Rayalaseema and South Interior Karnataka around 19th January, 2021.
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) January 15, 2021
— SIVAPRAVEEN (@sivapraveendxb) January 14, 2021
— GuruMathavan (@mathavanguru19) January 14, 2021