Amid heavy rain, bridge collapses in Tamil Nadu: Top developments | India News – Times of India

 Amid heavy rain, bridge collapses in Tamil Nadu: Top developments | India News - Times of India

NEW DELHI: A bridge collapsed near Anthonypuram on the Thoothukudi-Madurai highway in Thoothukudi district as rain-ravaged Tamil Nadu lashed incessantly, wreaking havoc not seen since 1871, especially as Southern Districts.
Record rainfall in the last two days has badly affected nearly 4 million people living in Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts.
The situation in Srivakantam and Tuticorin towns is critical due to heavy flooding in the Thameerabrani river and adjoining areas. The CMMK Stalin-led state government has described the rain as ‘unprecedented’, even as four IAF helicopters, two Navy helicopters and two Coast Guard helicopters are hovering over the affected area. rescue Drop food and drink to stranded people and stranded people.
Kayalpatnam in Tuticorin recorded 95 cm of rain on Monday, while several towns in Tuticorin recorded more than 60 cm of rain with rivers and streams inundated. Very heavy rainfall was recorded in 37 monitoring stations of the region.

Here are the top developments:

  • The Indian Air Force has deployed Medium Lift Helicopter (MLH) and Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv for HADR (Humanitarian Relief and Disaster Relief) efforts.
  • Chief Minister MK Stalin He has urged Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh to immediately deploy more helicopters for rescue and relief in southern districts.
  • Rescue operations are underway in Tirunelveli after heavy rains wreaked havoc in Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi and Kanyakumari, while the Indian Army completed rescue operations in Nanlakdu on Tuesday.
  • In view of the reduced inflow of water into the reservoirs, the authorities on Tuesday decided not to open the Mallaperiyar Dam, which had experienced heavy rains in its catchment area the previous day.
  • AIADMK general secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday claimed that the affected people in the rain-hit southern districts were suffering from food shortage for the last three days.
  • KKSSR Ramachandran, State Revenue and Disaster Management Minister. He said that the work of delivering food by helicopter to the stranded passengers at Srivaikantam railway station is in progress. He said that trilateral forces are trying with six helicopters. The minister said that a total of 625 personnel and 230 trainee personnel are working in the field in disaster recovery.
  • Ramachandran said that 83 houses were partially damaged and 46 houses were completely damaged in Thenkasi district and the state government was taking steps to compensate for the damaged crops in Thenkasi district.
  • MK Stalin trended on social media platform X on Tuesday with #MissingCM posts. The posts mocked Stalin for attending a meeting of the opposition India Bloc in the national capital instead of visiting flood-affected places in the state. The hashtag was started by the Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP.
  • The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Chief Minister had sought an appointment with the Prime Minister to get funds to start relief and rehabilitation works in the Cyclone Michaung-hit districts.
  • Earlier, the Chief Minister deployed nine ministers and a battery of IAS officers for rescue and relief operations in the affected districts.

(with input from agencies)

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