Alert! Northeast monsoon arrive

Chennai: Nearly after three decades, the northeast monsoon is likely to arrive early – on October 8 – in the state even as rain has been pounding most parts of the State.

“Clarifying the red alert, the minister said “red alert is nothing but a warning for people and fishermen, who have to be cautious during heavy rains,” he said, adding that helpline in Chennai and other districts have been established and public can use the helpline, if there are floods and breaching in the water bodies.

Meanwhile, minister for revenue R. B Uhayakumar, in a presser, on Friday, said that the state is fully prepared to face the monsoon. “All the district collectors have been instructed to keep a vigil round the clock. Further, there is no need for panic among the public.”

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