Chennai, Nov 4: As many as eight people died since October 27 as heavy rains continued to lash the city of Chennai and other coastal regions of Tamil Nadu. More than 10,000 people have taken shelter in over 100 relief camps set up after the northeast monsoon intensified, the government said. The MeT department has said that low-pressure area and upper cyclonic circulation in the Bay of Bengal are expected to bring more rains in the coming days.

Chennai received heavy rainfall on Friday night as well as early this morning. 19 centimetres of rainfall has been recorded in the state against the normal of 21 centimetres from October 1 to November 4 period, S Balachandran, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre told PTI. The MeT department said that 74 per cent of rain has been recorded in the first week of the arrival of northeast monsoon.

Schools in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur, according to the reports, will remain closed for the fifth day in a row. Several colleges have been shut since October 31. Several universities have postponed their exams in view of the continuous rains in several parts of Tamil Nadu. The National Talent Search Exam, which was scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed to November 18.

Chennai received 6 centimetres of rains in Meenambakkam, 7 centimetres in Nungambakkam, 9 centimetres in Nagapattinam and 10 centimetres in Ponneri, MeT department said. It also said that Talaignayiru and Thirutharapoondi in Nagapattinam district recorded 27 centimetres and 24 centimetres of rainfall respectively.

On Saturday, chief minister E Palaniswami, deputy CM O Panneerselvam and other officials visited many waterlogged parts of the city and its suburbs and said that their government is was working on a “war-footing”.

To ensure safety, the power supply has been suspended in areas such as MKB Nagar, Madipakkam, and Karapakkam. Earlier this week, a farmer and two children were electrocuted in Thiruvarur and Chennai respectively.