Chennai, November 3: Torrential overnight downpour threw normal life out of gear in several parts of Chennai and neighbouring districts, even as the Marina Beach locality recorded a whopping 30 cm of rain on Friday. Schools across Chennai will remain closed on Saturday due to prediction of more rains.
Schools and colleges have been closed since October 31 in Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts.
In a fresh rain-related incident, a middle-aged farmer was electrocuted at Manal agaram near Tiruvarur when he stepped on a snapped live wire lying under water in his field, police said. Thus, toll of rain-related incidents in the southern state since the arrival of north east monsoon on October 27, has risen to eight. Also read: Authorities Urge People to Stay at Home; Helpline Numbers Issued
Coming under severe criticism, Chief Minister K Palaniswami visited various parts of the city and its suburbs. He was accompanied by his deputy O Panneerslevam and senior officials and they visited RK Nagar and Perungalathur on the city outskirts. “Low-lying areas with water-logging were identified in the Chennai Corporation (limits) and Kancheepuram district. Workers (here) worked on a war-footing and stagnant water has been removed,” he said. Also read: Rains Came All of a Sudden, This is Nature’s Fury: Tamil Nadu Minister
Meanwhile, incessant heavy rains continue to lash Nagapattinam district for the fifth consecutive day today, inundating hundreds of houses and submerging paddy crops in thousands of hectares. People have been evacuated to safety in Tarangambadi and Sirkazhi Taluks in the district where hundreds of houses have been flooded.
In nearby Vaitheeswarankoil area of Sirkazhi Taluk, more than 300 houses have been inundated due to the breach in Tirunagari channel, said officials.
People residing in Vilakkumukkutheru and Therkkuveli areas of Vaitheeswarankoil have been evacuated and are staying in relief camps.
At Tarangambadi, Dansborg, the 400-year old fort built by the Danish on the seafront, is surrounded by water.
Accompanied by Nagapattinam District Collector C Sureshkumar, Tamil Nadu Handlooms Minister OS Manian visited several rain-hit areas in the district and inspected relief works.
Thalaignayiru, Vedaranyam and Nagapattinam Taluks in the district too have been experiencing heavy rains.
The sea remains very rough and people could see tides of several feet high at many places. More than 10,000 fishermen did not venture into the sea for the fifth consecutive day.
With inputs from PTI