While residents of Chennai and adjacent districts finally began to get some respite from incessant rains, the southern districts of Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli continue to see heavy rainfall, causing severe flooding. Kanyakumari district recorded rainfall of 717 mm from October 1 to 8 am on Saturday, November 13. Of this, 90mm of rain happened until 8.30 am on November 13 over a 24-hour period.
Radhapuram in Tirunelveli district also experienced heavy downpours and almost all ponds and lakes are full in the area and most of the roads are underwater making travel impossible.
Train services were halted in the Nagercoil-Tirunelveli line after a landslide between Eraniel and Kuzhithurai led to debris falling on tracks.
The Nagercoil-Tirunelveli National Highway is also flooded with water from the Pazhyar river. Traffic at Nagercoil is at a standstill.
Although the water was discharged from the Pechiparai and Perunchani dams, most houses on the banks of the Pazhayar river were inundated.
Water resources department officials of Tamil Nadu said that the level of water is rising in the Pazhayar river.
Meanwhile, water from the Mettur dam was released on Sunday morning after the height touched the maximum capacity of 120 feet.