Chennai rains throw life out of gear, six dead so far

Chennai rains throw life out of gear, six dead so far”

The city received almost 30 cm rainfall in less than 24 hours with the Marina beach area recording the maximum 29.6 cm rainfall between 8.30 am on Thursday and 8.30 am on Friday with beachfront and service lanes.

A low pressure has developed over Southwest Bay of Bengal between the Sri Lankan and the Tamil Nadu coast and a cyclonic circulation rising up to 3.1 km above mean sea level resulting in the continuous downpour.

Schools in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts have remained closed since Tuesday, mainly because of waterlogging on campuses or on roads to schools. But the weather department predicted more rains in the next 24 hours, triggering fears of a repeat of the devastating December 2015 Chennai floods.

With the heavy rain continuing to lash on Saturday, the situation has become, particularly, worse in South Chennai and its suburbs where the overflowing lakes flooded those localities. It is still fresh in our minds. Sewage mixed with the stagnant rain water in some areas. Parts of Pudupet, Egmore, Choolai, Vysarpadi, Pattalam, Tondiarpet, RK Nagar and Anna Nagar West were also batting inundation. Some of the inundated areas in north Chennai witnessed impromptu road blockades by residents, who were demanding relief work and restoration of services.While the entire city police force has been pressed into relief work, some NGOs have taken up rehabilitation work.

Districts like Villupuram, Tiruvallur and Tiruvarur received rains. Elsewhere in TN, Nagapattinam continued to be battered by rain, recording 509mm so far this season. Short spells of intense showers will continue over Coastal Tamil Nadu including Chennai.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday discussed the aftermath of the heavy floods in Tamil Nadu with Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and assured support on behalf of the Centre.

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