India – Hundreds Displaced by Floods in Tamil Nadu

As many as 843 people moved to 17 emergency shelters after flooding from in Tamil Nadu, south India.

Flood rescue Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, 13 January 2021. Photo: NDRF

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).

Image: Central Water Commission (CWC)

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.

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