Chennai Live Updates: Heavy rainfall, Schools and Colleges remain closed

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In 2015 the city last received its heaviest rainfall, But on Thursday evening the place witnessed more rainfall. “Weather blogger Pradeep John has predicted another spell of rain to hit the city within few hours, as per the prediction the spell of rain is going to be very intense,” John said.

Several commuters complained about the traffic chaos, as there was water logging in several areas and the public transport was hit. So far the city has received 13.6cm of rainfall since evening.

The Tamil Nadu state disaster management authority advised residents of Chennai to stay indoors, ordered have been made that schools will remain closed on Friday. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami, today appointed ministers to oversee rain relief work here and in neighbouring Kancheepuram.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has advised people living in lower areas to move to higher ground where people and animals can take shelter. People have been advised to avoid entering flood waters and if need be, use footwear. “Stay away from sewerage lines, gutters, drains, culverts, etc,” NDMA tweeted.

Thursday evening, many parts of the city:

  • Nungambakkam
  • Saidapet
  • Neelankarai
  • Mogappair
  • Chromepet
  • Velachery

Are the places which have received more than more than 10cm rainfall. Northern parts of the city received relatively lesser rainfall. Weathermen have predicted more rain until the weekend.

Area cyclone warning centre director S Balachandran said, “A low pressure area has formed over the southwest Bay of Bengal near Sri Lanka. The heavy rainfall in the some of the southern and delta districts is expected on Friday. Chennai will get one or two spells of light showers.”

  • 12:16 Khushbu Sundar Congress leader slammed the authorities for laxity; Speaking to media, Khushbu said, “Where were the government officials back then and even now. It is the NGOs who are doing the good work. They are providing people with food and medicines. Why did the municipal officials dig the road before the monsoon? This will be threatening to motorists during the monsoon.”
  • 11: 39 Chennai gets back its power supply; As per reports, the power supply, which was cut as a precautionary measure on Thursday, was restored on Friday.
  • 11:32 Flight operations normal; According to report, flight operations at the airport are running normally despite the occasional rains.
  • 11:21 Don’t believe in any of the rumours, says the minister; State minister RB Udhaya Kumar says none of the lakes across Tamil Nadu have overflown yet. Speaking to media persons, he urged people to not believe in any of these rumours and said that none of the lakes are full yet.
  • 11:00 The two girls, aged 7 and 8, died after stepping on a snapped electric wire lying under water, ANI reported on Tuesday. Three electricity board officials in Chennai were suspended following the incident.
  • 10:49 Citizens protest government apathy; it has been reported that residents of Mudichur held protests, sitting in stagnant water, blaming the officials and government for doing nothing even as water entered their homes.
  • 10:46 “Rainfall activity will continue over north coastal Tamil Nadu with heavy to very heavy rain over Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chennai districts during the next 24 hours,” a special bulletin issued at 8.30 am said on Friday.
  • 10:44 (IST) Chennai and Nungambakkam registered 18 centimetre rain and Meenambakkam in the southern suburb recorded 14 centimetre, till 8.30 am today, according to the Met department.
  • 10:26 (IST) Tamil Nadu state polytechnic exams which were scheduled on Friday have been postponed due to heavy rains. The revised date will be announced later.
  • 10:07 (IST) The several coastal pockets of Chennai witnessed severe water-logging on Thursday after rains lashed the city for a non-stop five hours following a low pressure on the Bay of Bengal near Sri Lanka.
  • 09:58 (IST) (Friday and Saturday), moderate rainfall is expected in many places in south Tamil Nadu and a few areas in the north coastal parts of the state, S Balachandran, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, said on Thursday.
  • 09:41 (IST) The state government has advised fishermen to be cautious while venturing into the sea in coastal areas of South Tamil Nadu and Delta districts.
  • 09:13 (IST) The coastal town of Nagapattinam is receiving very heavy rainfall, media reports said. Times Now reports that the canal at Tharangambadi breached and entered low lying areas. Around 500 houses have been affected so far while the authorities have cut power supply to the areas as a precautionary measure. The State government has asked all schools and colleges across Chennai to remain closed for Friday citing precautionary measures after five died of electrocution on Wednesday.
  • 08:03 (IST) Nagapattinam, where the monsoon fury has not only inundated low-lying areas but also affected standing crops. Vaitheeswarankoil and S kazhi in the district have also been battered by heavy rains.

Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswamy took stock of the rain situation on Thursday, a day after two children were electrocuted after coming in contact with a live wire submerged in water, in Kodungaiyur locality in Chennai.

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