In Mayiladuthurai District, District Collector A.P. Mahabharathi announced a holiday for schools and colleges on January 8, 2023, due to weather conditions. A similar declaration was made in Nagapattinam District by Collector Johny Tom Varghese, specifically for schools and colleges in Nagapattinam and Kilvelur taluks.
Educational Institutions Affected by Weather in Various Taluks
However, the announcement noted that educational institutions in Vedaranyam and Thirukuvalai taluks would remain operational. This decision comes in the wake of significant rainfall in the region, with Nagapattinam receiving 16.7 cm of rain.
Rainfall Statistics Across Different Regions
The report further highlights the rainfall in other areas: Karaikal (12.2 cm), Puducherry (9.6 cm), Cuddalore (9.3 cm), and Ennore (9.2 cm), all experiencing very heavy rains.
Tiruvarur District’s Response to Heavy Rains
In response to the heavy rains, Tiruvarur Collector T. Charusree also declared a holiday for schools and colleges on January 8.
Annamalai University’s Announcement Due to Rainfall
The Annamalai University followed suit, declaring a holiday on January 8. The university also postponed all examinations scheduled for that day, with a promise to announce the rescheduled dates later.
Puducherry Government’s Action on School Holidays
Following the heavy rains in Puducherry, the local government declared a holiday for schools and colleges on January 8.
Regional Meteorological Centre’s Forecast
The Regional Meteorological Centre in Chennai predicted heavy to very heavy rains in the State on January 7.
Historical Context of Rainfall in South Tamil Nadu
This recent weather pattern follows widespread rains in December across several districts in south Tamil Nadu, including Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, and Kanniyakumari, which experienced extremely heavy rainfall.
Impact of Cyclone Michaung
Earlier in December, Cyclone Michaung caused significant disruptions, with areas in Chennai receiving over 120 mm of rain in 24 hours, and some areas even exceeding 250 mm. This led to localized flooding, stranded residents, and a city-wide power cut.
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