Tamil Nadu battered by rain, schools shut in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Saturday said his government has asked for relief fund from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to curb the issue of water logging caused due to heavy rainfall in Chennai. However, while water logging cleared in Chennai's main city area the next day itself, several low-lying areas remained inundated for a week.

A depression in the Bay of Bengal is contributing to the rains in coastal areas.

A forecast issued by the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) said thunderstorm with lightning is likely to occur at isolated places over north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Ironically, the northeast monsoon, which set in during the last week of October had led to severe water logging in Chennai recently. With the cyclonic system's movement, the rainfall in Chennai and other districts will gradually decrease, he said.

Ennore, near Chennai, recorded the highest rainfall of 11 cm in the past 24 hours, ending 8.30 am on Monday.

While rainfall continues to lash Tamil Nadu, several areas in the state are facing waterlogging problems, exposing administration's preparedness to deal with the problems.As per sources, interior areas in the states have been badly hit by incessant rains and creating trouble for the people.

"Most of the complaints received were pertaining to waterlogging".

Since then, rains have taken a front seat over Chennai once again. The figures were recorded on late Sunday night. Works are underway to remove inundation at 95 spots. Chennai has already surpassed its monthly average rainfall in the first 14 days of the month itself.