Landslide Hits Nilgiris Following Heavy Rainfall in Tamil Nadu, Schools Closed in Five Districts

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Tamil Nadu faced the wrath of the northeast monsoon as heavy rains lashed several districts, leading to landslides and disruptions in transportation. The affected districts, including Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Madurai, Theni, Dinidigul, and parts of Nilgiris, declared a holiday for schools on Thursday due to the inclement weather conditions.

In the Nilgiris district, a landslide occurred on the Kotagiri-Mettupalayam road, causing traffic disruption and diverting vehicles onto alternative routes. Restoration efforts are currently underway to clear the affected area and restore normalcy.

Additionally, heavy rains washed away soil under the tracks between Kallar and Adderly on the Nilgiris Mountain Railway section, leading to the cancellation of two trains. Waterlogging was reported in various parts of Madurai, adding to the challenges posed by the incessant rainfall.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued forecasts indicating isolated heavy rainfall in Kerala and Tamil Nadu on Thursday. The Met Department anticipates light to moderately scattered and fairly widespread rainfall across the southern Peninsula of India.

Kerala, too, experienced heavy rainfall, with Kannur district recording 7 cm of rainfall on Wednesday. The IMD’s latest bulletin predicts 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, prompting authorities to take precautionary measures in response to the monsoon impact.

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