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4 Dead, Schools to Remain Shut as Rains Continue in Parts of TN

Schools in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts have been shut since Tuesday.

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Fresh rains lashed parts of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, including Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts, killing four people in what appeared to be a stark reminder of the ghastly 2015 floods.

Schools and colleges will remain closed for the third consecutive day in view of the rains in these areas. Rainwater had also begun to enter many houses in parts of Chennai, forcing people to vacate and find another accommodation.

From Monday morning to Tuesday morning, Chennai received rainfall of about 13.5 cm, which has increased the water levels at the four reservoirs near the city by 3%. The Chembarambakkam reservoir was recorded at 17.6cm water levels on Tuesday, reported The Times of India.

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The Met department said that rain or thundershowers are likely to occur at most places over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, and at many places in interior Tamil Nadu on Thursday as well.

The Director of the Chennai MeT Department said:

Ponneri in Thiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu had received highest rainfall with 10 cm in the past 24 hours. The current spell of rain is expected to continue for the next two to three days. 

Four Killed in Rains

A 60-year-old woman fell into waist deep water and died at Sandiappan Street off Konnur High Road on Tuesday morning. Santhamma, the deceased, was a tender coconuts seller and was returning from her son’s house when the mishap happened. The residents of Otteri saw her body floating in the water and informed the police about it.

In Cuddalore, as the rain continued to lash out in the district for the second day on Tuesday, three people lost their lives and about 60,000 hectares of land is under water, reported The New Indian Express.

The three dead have been identified as Latha, (26), Rajeshwari, (35) and Ramasamy, (45). Latha, a resident of Pillalithotti village, died after a house collapsed and fell on her. She was on her way to fetch water when the incident happened.

Rajeshwari, passed away after she accidentally touched a live electric wire while drying clothes on the terrace. Ramasamy from Kolathankurichi village died after he fell from a transformer while on duty. The district recorded a rainfall of 78.70mm.

(With inputs from PTI and The News Minute.)

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