Chennai: Owing to the downpour, Tamil Nadu government has announced a holiday for all the government schools and colleges in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur on Friday. The Indian Metrological Department had already issued a red alert warning to Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.

Skymet Weather has predicted heavy rainfall for north Chennai. The torrential rainfall led to waterlogging in certain residential areas located on the outskirts of the town. The important junctions in the area experienced traffic jams. The relief commissioner stated that preparations had been made to face any sort of eventuality. The state government has gone to the extent of asking telecom companies to shift the mobile towers on raised platforms to ensure no disruption in connectivity.

According to the IMD bulletin, a low-pressure area is likely to form over the southeast Arabian Sea by October 6. The bulletin further said, “It is very likely to concentrate into a depression and move northwestwards during subsequent 36 hours and intensify further into a cyclonic storm and move towards Oman coast.”

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has triggered a warning in 12 districts as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted heavy rainfall in the southern state. The low-pressure situation over the southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep and Maldives areas could cause a cyclonic storm, triggering heavy to very heavy rainfall in several parts of Kerala. Thus the state government of Kerala has also stepped up their disaster preparedness and issued a red alert in Idukki and Malappuram districts. Heavy rainfall is expected in the state on Sunday.

A meeting of the Disaster Management Authority officials conducted on Thursday had urged the officials concerned to keep an eye on the water levels in the dams. To drain the excess water, the shutters of the dams in Thrissur and Palakkad districts were lifted.

(With PTI inputs)