TN rain toll mounts to 33, situation improving

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Chennai, Dec 20 (UNI) The toll in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu mounted to 33 today, even as life started limping back to normal in several districts after the rains abated.

Reports received at the police headquarters here confirmed that 33 deaths were reported so far in the rain-related incidents.

This included 20 men and 13 women.

After two days of heavy downpour, people of this metropolis woke up to a bright sunny morning as the low pressure over the Bay moved Westwards towards Kanniyakumari, sparing Chennai city and the worst affected Cauvery Delta districts of further hardship.

The two-days of rain in Chennai crippled normal life and three-days of a heavy downpour in Cauvery Delta areas had done enough damage to standing samba crops in thousands of acres.

The government had declared a holiday for all the schools in several districts.

Meanwhile, life in the city also started returning to normal though several areas were water-logged leading to traffic jams.

The stagnated water in several areas was being pumped out using motors. The northern and western suburbs still resembled an island.

The government had geared up its machinery in undertaking relief works in the rain-affected districts. The heavy rains also had its impact on Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) where power generation was affected.

Water had entered the mines and officials stepped up restoration works to pump out the water.

UNI

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