Chennai, November 1: The district administration in Chennai has advised all school to remain closed on Thursday following incessant rains in the city which has affected normal life. In Chennai, the showers caused waterlogging and traffic snarls in several areas.
Since last three days schools and colleges in Chennai and Kancheepuram were closed. The Northeast Monsoon, which arrived on October 28 following the withdrawal of the Southwest Monsoon, brings most of the rainfall to Tamil Nadu.
In Anakaputur, two students were reportedly killed by lightning. The two students Lokeshwari and Kishore were using their phone when the lightning strike hit them.
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In Chennai and Kancheepuram many houses have been inundated, and families are moving in search of safer places. Also, some reports suggest that moderate to heavy showers are expected in many parts of the state in the following days as well.
Chennai’s collector has declared holiday not fearing rain but to tackle water stagnation. As other coastal districts of Tamil Nadu declared holidays for school due to heavy rainfall, Chennai had to do so for a different reason.
The Meteorological Department stated that moderate rain was expected in next 48 hours, schools located in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur will not open.
Two-wheeler riders and pedestrians were affected the most due to waterlogging. Civic authorities said the action was being taken to clear inundation by using water-pumps.
Desilting work was on in the Adyar river mouth and in several other locations of the river in the city, including Egmore, authorities said. As part of measures to prevent flooding during monsoon, Local Administration Minister S P Velumani said encroachments were removed near water-courses.
He said over 5,000 dwellings in and around Adyar and Cooum rivers which existed there for over four decades were evacuated. Several parts of the state were lashed by heavy rains yesterday. One person was killed yesterday in Thanjavur district when the mud wall of his hut collapsed under the rain impact.
Meanwhile, skies became clear in various districts, including Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram though schools and colleges were closed today in view of the heavy rain forecast. Intermittent spells of rain, however, continued in various districts, including Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam.
The upper air cyclonic circulation over Southwest Bay of Bengal near Sri Lanka moved westward and was now positioned over Gulf of Munnar, Director of the Area Cyclone Warning Centre, S Balachandran told reporters.
He said that in the last 24 hours ending 8.30 am today, both Tamil Nadu and Puducherry witnessed widespread rains with Seerkazhi in the Cauvery delta region witnessing the highest of 31 cm.
In Chennai, Nungambakkam received 12 cm and Airport 17 cm and both Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts recorded over 10 cm of rain for the period. Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar said end points of drinking water (Metro Water) distribution were being checked and chlorinated.
(With inputs from agencies)