Chennai from last few days is witnessing heavy and this will continue for next 24 hours as per the weather forecast, the Tamil Nadu government had declared that schools and colleges in districts – Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram will remain shut today.
After meteorological department predicted that heavy rains will pound the regions till Friday, the education department by keeping the weather update on mind announced the holiday in all the schools, including privately managed institutions in Puducherry and Karaikal regions.
As the met department has forecast heavy rains, having a prediction of cyclone formation over the Bay of Bengal, an alert has been raised by the weather department, Puducherry and its suburbs were lashed by heavy rains today morning, inundating low lying areas and resulting in traffic jams at various points.
About 300 low lying areas, has been identified by the Chennai Corporation, which will be prepared to shift people. Other than that 175 relief centres have also been set up, as a preventive measure.
Commuters are complaining about the water stagnation over the area, due to water jam a 30-minute drive took over an hour today.
Dr S Balachandran, director, Area Cyclone Warning Center told media, “The cyclone formation is in the same place near Sri Lanka. The coastal districts of Tamil Nadu will witness the more rainfall, whereas the interior districts will experience moderate rainfall.”
D. Karthikeyan, Corporation Commissioner, said, “We have identified almost 300 places as low lying areas in Chennai. Drainage is a big issue and if required we can move the people to relief centres. There are over 175 relief centres and necessary requirements are made available now itself. The control room is working round the clock.”
The updates are as following:
21:29 At suburban Anakaputhur last night after being struck by lightning two persons died, while two more people died in rain-related incidents at Cuddalore and Nagapattinam districts.
21:29 Widespread of heavy rains were forecast for Tamil Nadu even tomorrow.
17:57 Nungambakkam received 12 cm and Airport 17 cm in Chennai and both Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts recorded over 10 cm of rain for the period.
17:56 A person lost his life yesterday in Thanjavur district when the mud wall of his hut collapsed under the rain impact.
17:14 In Chennai, normal life of people in parts of Vyasarpadi, Otteri, Tiruvotriyur in North Chennai and Velachery and Madipakkam in South Chennai was disrupted.
17:13 As per the weather forecast rain or thundershowers is likely to occur tomorrow at most places over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and at many places over the State’s interior.
16:37 One rain-related death was reported from Cuddalore district, about 190 km from Chennai. Due to heavy rainfall especially in the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu a woman was reported dead when a wall of her home collapsed. Overnight rain has badly affected several parts of the city, as well as areas outside that, have no stormwater drains.”
16:34 In coastal Tamil Nadu the meteorological office has forecast heavy rain in Chennai and “very heavy rainfall”. The heavy spell of the rainfall is expected to continue for next 2-3 days, MeT Director S Balachandran said. He further added that more than 16 places have already recorded very heavy rainfall and 21 places heavy rainfall.
16:33 In Cuddalore district, about 190 km from Chennai, a woman was reportedly dead when a wall of her home collapsed.