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Chennai Rains: Schools Shut as Monsoon Spell Intensifies

Unabated rains have been lashing Chennai for a few days, bringing life in the city to a standstill.

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Nearly after a week of respite, the coastal parts of Tamil Nadu are set to face a second spell of northeast monsoon showers. The Met Department has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in the region for the next 48 hours, owing to a pressure in the Bay of Bengal.

Earlier last week, heavy rains reportedly claimed at least 12 lives in the city, sparking fears of a repeat of the 2015 deluge. The Madras High Court had directed the Tamil Nadu Government to pay compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the families of two girls who were electrocuted to death because of the floods.

Snapshot
  • Heavy rains expected to continue from Monday
  • Schools and colleges remain shut
  • Madras University postpones exams scheduled for 4 November
  • Madras High Court has ordered TN Govt to compensate families of 2 girls who were electrocuted because of fallen wires
9:24 AM , 13 Nov

Sporadic Heavy Rains in Chennai, Thiruvallur Expected

The rains in Chennai and neighbouring Thiruvallur district is expected to be sporadic, with breaks in between. The government has refused to put the city on a heavy rain alert, deciding to do so later in the evening.

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7:46 AM , 13 Nov

Rains Make a Comeback, Schools Shut

Schools in Chennai and neighbouring Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur districts have been ordered to stay closed after the Met department predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu due to a low pressure in the Bay of Bengal.

On Sunday, Nungambakkam recorded 52 mm of rainfall at 11 pm while Meenambakkam recorded 18.2 mm rainfall. The Met Department further predicted that the sky is likely to be overcast for the next 48 hours.

Residents can reach out to the Chennai Corporation helpline 1913, in case of any emergencies.

3:52 PM , 05 Nov

Rains to Reduce Gradually in Coming Days in TN: Met Dept

In what could come as some good news for the monsoon-battered districts of Tamil Nadu including this city, the Meteorological office today said that rains will reduce gradually in the coming days.

Many places in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry received rains in the last 24 hours, SB Thampi, Deputy Director General of Meteorology, Regional Meteorological Centre, said.

In the next 24 hours, light spells of rains are expected in many places over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry while heavy rains have been forecast in one or two places in south Tamil Nadu, the Cauvery delta region and Puducherry, he said.

However, "there is a possibility of rains gradually reducing in the coming days," he added.

8:54 AM , 05 Nov

Over 10,000 Put up in 114 Relief Camps

More than 10,000 people in rain- battered Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Nagapattinam districts have taken shelter in over 100 relief camps, the Tamil Nadu government said on Saturday.

The state has gauged 174 mm of rainfall between 27 October and 3 November, a government statement said.

As many as 10,640 residents in low-lying areas have taken shelter in 114 relief centres in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Nagapattinam, the statement said.

The incessant downpour has brought the districts to their knees.

Special rescue and relief teams have been formed and dams and reservoirs are being monitored to prevent anti-social elements from creating problems, the statement said.

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Published: 03 Nov 2017, 10:59 AM IST
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