News Reading Practice #31

(100 Day Challenge)


Red alert for Tenkasi, Thoothukudi, Tiruvaneli, Kanyakumari dists

Chennai/Kanyakumari, Dec 18:

Villages, towns, roads and highways in several regions of southern Tamil Nadu including Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi just resemble rivers in spate as the region witnessed extremely heavy rains for the last two days. Houses were inundated and people were marooned as flood water gushed out onto the residential neighbourhoods and roads. At Seevalaperi in Tirunelveli, residents huddled on the terrace of a few two-storey houses. Similar was the scene at Meenakshipuram in Tirunelveli. Over 100 houses at Nesavalar Colony in Nagercoil were inundated and they were evacuated by the authorities and sent to relief centres. Several residents said they have never seen such extremely heavy rainfall and flooding. Temple town of Tiruchendur in Thoothukudi district received 62 cm to 69 cm rainfall while Several regions reportedly registered rainfall in Manjolaiin Tirunelveli got 55 cm rain. The government has declared a holiday on Tuesday for all educational institutions in Tenkasi, Thoothukudi, Tiruvaneliand Kanyakumari districts as the Indian Meteorological Department issued a 'red' alert for these districts. Reports said 7,434 people have been shifted to 84 relief centres in four districts -- Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Tenkasi and Kanyakumari—where 425 disaster response team members have been deployed. Chief Minister M.K.Stalin deputed ministers Udhayanidhi Stalin, E.V.Velu, P. Moorthy and R.S. Rajakannappan to coordinate the relief efforts by the government. Using ropes, local people and fire and rescue service and disaster response teams helped those stranded amid flooded streams reach safe locations. At Krishnaberi in Tirunelveli, local residents mobilised resources to rescue the stranded residents. The huge volume of water flowing in waterfalls including Courtallam and Agasthiyar looked like multiple cloudbursts happening continuously.

People wade through a waterlogged road after heavy rainfall in Thoothukudi on Monday.


INUNDATE: To flood or overflow with a large amount of something, usually water. (വെള്ളപ്പൊക്കം)

RELIEF: A feeling of comfort or reassurance after something challenging or distressing. (ആശ്വാസം)

RESEMBLE: To look or be similar to someone or something. (ഒരുപോലെ ആയിരിക്കുക)

SPATE: A sudden and large outpouring or occurrence of something, often used with events like rain or accidents.(വെള്ളപ്പൊക്കം)

MAROONED: To be stranded or left in a place with no way to leave.( നാലുവശവും വെള്ളം പൊങ്ങി ഒറ്റപ്പെട്ടുപോയ)

GUSHED: To flow out suddenly and plentifully. (പ്രവഹിക്കുക)

HUDDLED: To gather closely together, especially for warmth or protection. (ചുറ്റുമിരിക്കുക)

EVACUATED: To move people out of a dangerous place to a safer location. (അപകടസ്ഥലത്തുനിന്നും കുടിയൊഴിപ്പിക്കുക)

DECLARED: To officially announce or state something publicly. (പ്രഖ്യാപിതമായ)

DISASTER RESPONSE TEAM: A group of trained individuals who respond to emergencies and provide assistance during disasters.( ദേശീയ ദുരന്ത പ്രതികരണ സേന (NDRF))

DEPUTED: To appoint or assign a person to represent or act on behalf of someone else. (നിയോഗിക്കുക)

COORDINATE: To organize and arrange different elements to work together harmoniously. (ഏകോപിപ്പിക്കുക)

STRANDED: Left in a difficult or helpless situation, often without a means of transportation.(ഒറ്റപ്പെട്ടുപോയ, കരയിൽ കുടുങ്ങിപ്പോയ.)

AMID: In the middle of or surrounded by.(ഇടയിൽ)

MOBILIZED: To assemble and organize resources or people for a specific purpose.(അണിനിരക്കുക)

CLOUDBURSTS: Sudden and intense rainfall, typically from a single cloud.(ജലപ്രവാഹം)

WADE: To walk through water or other liquid with effort, typically with the feet partially immersed. (ഏന്തിവലിഞ്ഞു നടക്കുക)
WATERLOGGED: Saturated or filled with water, making something heavy and less effective.(