Death toll rises to 45, reprieve from heavy rain in TN

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Chennai, Dec 20 (UNI) The toll in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu during the last two days rose to 45 even as the rainfall abated with the low pressure over the Bay moving westwards.

Reports received at the police headquarters here said 29 of the dead were men and 16 women.

Tiruchirapalli District accounted for a maximum of six deaths, followed by four each in Chennai, Villuppuram, Thanjavur and Dindigul Districts.

Three deaths each were reported from Tiruvarur, Tiruvannamalai, Virudhunagar and Coimbatore, while two deaths each were reported from Kancheepuram, Madurai and Theni.

One person each died in Salem, Dharmapuri, Pudukottai, Nagapattinam and Vellore.

Meanwhile, after two days of battering, the weather gods showed mercy on the people with the city and Cauvery Delta areas, where standing samba paddy crops in more than 30 villages were submerged in flood waters, experiencing sunny weather today.

Life was slowly limping back to normalcy as water started receding in several areas of Chennai city, which was yet to come to terms with the downpour of such proportion.

Several roads were waterlogged and the suburban areas remained under thick sheet of water. Revenue and civic officials were making efforts to pump out the water using motors.

Weather office sources told UNI more rainfall was likely in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the next 48 hours as the low pressure in the Bay of Bengal was expected to move over the South West Bay bringing in more rainfall to South Tamil Nadu.

UNI

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