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Heavy rains continue in TN, more rain expected

Written by: Staff

Chennai, Oct 28: Torrential rains continued to lash Tamil Nadu, inundating low-lying areas and disrupting normal life, even as the Weather Office forecast more rainfall during the next two days.

According to Met office sources, yesterday's trough of low pressure from the Gulf of Mannar to west-central bay across south-west Bay off Andhra and Tamil Nadu coast was still persisting.

Meanwhile, an embedded low pressure area was formed over central parts of TN coast and adjoining south-west Bay.

Under its influence, rain or thundershowers were forecast at most places over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Scattered heavy to isolated very heavy rainfall had been forecast in Tamil Nadu during the next 48 hours.

Chennai and its suburbs would experience intermittent rains, which would be heavy at times, the Met office said.

Meanwhile, a 25-year-old woman was washed away in flash floods while crossing a canal in a village in Tirunelveli district today.

With this, the toll in rain-related incidents in the state had risen to 19 since the onset of North-East Monsoon on October 20.

In Chennai, several low-lying residential colonies in Madipakkam and Velachery were flooded with rain water, crippling normal life.

The city had been experiencing intermittent rainfall since last night.

Local Administration Minister M K Stalin today inspected rain-affected areas in the city and directed Corporation officials to be in a state of preparedness to meet the flood situation.

The Government had declared holiday today for educational institutions in view of the heavy rainfall.

The catchment areas of Chennai city had experienced good spells of rains and copious inflow had been recorded in city reservoirs.

The Poondi reservoir had an inflow of 1157 cusecs, with the storage being 2026 mcft against the full capacity of 3231 mcft. The inflow in Chembarambakkam reservoir was 2407 cusecs, while the storage being 1739 mcft against the full capacity of 3645 mcft. According to a Kancheepuram report, three cattle were struck to death by lightning at Aayarpadi village near Thirukazhukundram in the district.

Thirukazhukundram had recorded a rainfall of 99.80 mm in the last 24 hrs, followed by Cheyyur and Sriperumbudur 95 mm each, Tambaram 88.20 mm, Madurantakam 68 mm and Chengalpattu 63 mm.


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